or rough guess-timate of how music was played before the time of any public record. Musicians and composers alike study
musicology for ideas on performance practice and to learn about
their ancestors. Ways
musicology is studied include: mysticism, speculation, and estimation. These speculations are then
used to influence musical performances today. (See Examples)
director: "Thank you to all 60 of you for joining this
Handel choir. To get a better
handle on Handel, We must cut the group down to 16 because that
's how it was performed when Handel was alive do to how musicology has taught us."
Tenors: "We can sing
the female parts"
director: "Excellent. Ladies, that
will be all see you next year. Musicology is practicology I always say."
Sarah Brightman: "If I sing
like a boy soprano for this
Maestro: "If you sing
it in tune and without your wobble. The musicologists would much enjoy it."Anna
Netrebko: "I read a singing
for dummies book that
singers must sound older. Should I sing
to be historically correct when singing
Musicologist: "Yes...the neo-expressionism
of the blah blah--somewhere on a train
to hackensack...the dividend of 42...later that
evening when I arrived home...musicologist
of the week....and that
is why opera
singers should sound mature."
Netrebko: "I'm so glad
to sing really
far back in my throat so that
I sound more mature and no one understands a word I'm saying!!"