Music as History

  • Arnold Feil
Keywords: history of music, the object of the history of music, notation, oral tradition, idea of progress


The article tries to clarify the dilemmas which arise when writing a history of music. The author raises the question abut the facts of music history and their interpretation, he tries to determine the object of history of music, introduces the important distinction between »oral« and »notational« music cultures and finaly examines the possibility of understanding the historical arch in light of idea of progress. Special problem represents the periodisation, which has next to the question what is music secondary value.


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FeilA. (2007). Music as History. Musicological Annual, 43(1), 21-27.