While I am very far from rejecting…

…all, or even a significant portion, of what musicologists do by way of analysis or evaluation, I am struck by how much does not receive their critical attention, and by how little is actually done by fine scholars who, for example, in studying a composer’s notebooks or the structures of classical form, fail to connect these things to ideology, or social space, or power, or to the formulation of an individual (and by no means sovereign) ego.

Edward Said on musicology, in Musical Elaborations (1992)

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