On 3 July 2017, Jan Ciglbauer from the Prague team successfully defended his PhD thesis Cantiones Bohemicae – Komposition und Tradition at Charles University. The thesis was supervised by David Eben (Charles University; Prague team). Pavel Soukup (The Centre for Medieval Studies, Prague) and Inga Mai Groote (Heidelberg University and PI of the Heidelberg team) were the assessors.
The thesis focuses on the tradition of Central European Latin songs from the 14th and 15th centuries and their evolving relationship with the liturgy. A thorough (re)examination of well-known as well as unknown sources puts the role of Prague University and some religious orders, notably the Augustinian canons, in the spotlight.
The defence was conducted in German, and was witnessed by members of the five SoundMe project teams as well as students and teachers of Charles University and an international sprinkling of musicologists coming to Prague for the immediately following 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2017.