Musicology, 9/1997, pp. 82-98
Athens: Nissos Publications
The sociology of music is interested in musical material as an historically preformulated object and as the substratum of certain expression and communication forms. This article explores musical material as a product of history and as a social product that "codifies" in a specific and unique way the human approach to reality in general (not only to sonic reality). At the same time, it elaborates certain concepts of the sociology and the aesthetics of music - two fields of study that do not have a long tradition in Greece.
The article discusses the scope and the object of the sociology of music and makes some methodological notes on the approach of music as a total social phenomenon.