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