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As many musicologists have come to realize (and verbalize), musicology cries out, at this stage of its development, for enrichment from other disciplines; in this it is far behind art history, literary studies, and the rest of the humanities and social sciences, perhaps because of the peculiar self-contained nature of musical syntax and structure, so seemingly recalcitrant to general humanistic understanding. Music, however, is of this world, not of the musician's world alone. It must be talked about from the outside as well as from within, if it is to maintain itself as a humanistic study, and not collapse into itself entirely to become a self-contained "windowless monad."


PETER KIVY
Osmin's Rage: Philosophical Reflections on Opera, Drama, and Text


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