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Archival research - "searches for information on the musical life of particular place and time, the venues in which music was performed, and the foreces that were available to perform the music."
Biographical research - "uncovers information on the lives of composers and performers, shedding light on why and how they produced their music.
Cultural research - "connects music with the historical and artistic trends at work in the surrounding culture."
"In recent decades musicological research has greatly widened its sphere of activity. Cultural studies have expanded to include areas such as reception history..."deconstruction"...feminist criticism and gay studies....Still, all these new approaches have produced thoughtful and provocative studies that broaden, rather than replace, traditional methods of musical analysis and research."