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
- 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 AP (Associate Partner):
- Ascoli Ensemble, The Hague