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Introit Salve sancta parens Hradec Králové, Muzeum východních Čech (East Bohemian Museum), Ms. II A 6, fol. 99r (Codex Franus) -with kind permission of Muzeum východních Čech (East Bohemian Museum) in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic).

Introit Salve sancta parens, Ms. II A 6, fol. 99r (Codex Franus) – with kind permission of Muzeum východních Čech (East Bohemian Museum) in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic).

For today’s Europeans, the existence of a collective musical past is a given. The past is heard and negotiated in the concert hall, and when we listen to or perform popular ‘oldies’; countless political and emotional narratives are attached to it, demonstrating the extent to which the musical past can be instrumentalised.

Our project explores the mechanisms by which Europeans of a distant past (c. 1200-1600) used collective musical memory to shape cultural and political behaviour. Specifically, this research project asks in which ways are these mechanisms relevant to the societies of 21st-century Europe?

The research is being directed by the following PIs (Principal Investigators):

  • Prof. Dr. Paweł Gancarczyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • Prof. Dr. Inga Mai Groote, Ruprecht Karl University, Heidelberg (effective 1 February 2018: University of Zurich)
  • Dr. Lenka Hlávková, Charles University, Prague
  • Prof. Dr. Karl Kügle, Utrecht University (Project Leader)
  • Prof. Susan Rankin, University of Cambridge

The research consortium collaborates with the following APs (Associate Partners):

  • Anonymous III, Cambridge
  • Bastarda, Warsaw
  • La Morra, Basle
  • Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, Prague
  • Spacesound/Soundspace, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
  • Trigon Ensemble, Leiden

Read more about the projectthe several teams and the Associate Partners.

In May 2018 we organize a conference. You can read all about it on the conference page.

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