On 10 April 2018 Paweł Gancarczyk gave a lecture on ‘Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz (b. 1392) and the concept of Central Europe in musicological research’ at the University of Basel. In it he discussed the paradigm of ‘Western European’ historiography, which regards Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary as ‘Eastern Europe’.
19-21 March 2018 Karl Kügle (Utrecht team), Susan Rankin (Cambridge team), and Paweł Gancarczyk (Warsaw team) presented recent research results at the international fragmentology conference Membra disiecta musicae convened by Dr Giovanni Varelli at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
Members of the Utrecht, Warsaw, Prague, and Heidelberg/Zurich teams attended the HERA Midterm Conference in Vienna to engage in discussion and intellectual exchange with other HERA-funded research projects on our shared research topic “Uses of the Past”. In practical workshops the teams explored strategies to communicate their research output to media and policy makers, to exchange knowledge with non-academic partners, and to deal with leadership challenges.
On the 27th of February 2018 Jan Ciglbauer (Prague team) and Manon Louviot (Utrecht team) presented the outcomes of their research at the 6th SoundMe seminar in Warsaw. The seminar, convened by professor Paweł Gancarczyk (Warsaw team), was attended by researchers and students from the Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Warsaw, as well as by guest scholars from the Fulbright Scholar Program.
9 March 2018 AP Anonymous III and Choral Scholars from Cambridge University performed a concert of music themed around Marian devotion at Selwyn College Chapel in Cambridge. The programme included chant, sequences, hymns, trouvère song, and medieval polyphony from the 12th and 13th centuries studied by Adam Mathias (Cambridge team).
On 8 March 2018, Karl Kügle (Utrecht team) presented the latest results of his SoundMe research on the Koblenz fragments in the Seminar in medieval and renaissance music convened by Dr Margaret Bent at All Souls College, University of Oxford.
During the annual meeting on 2 March 2018 of the Societas Mediaevistica, this year at the Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel in Riehen, Switzerland, Ulrike Hascher-Burger (Utrecht team) presented an aspect of her research titled “Die Macht der Vergangenheit: Das Hostienwunder von Amsterdam vor und nach der Reformation” (The Force of the Past: The Miracle of Amsterdam before and after the Reformation). In her presentation, she focussed on influences of the medieval miracle cult and its processions on Amsterdam in later times.
On Tuesday 20th February the Cambridge team welcomed Katarina Livljanic (Université Paris-Sorbonne and director of “Dialogos”) to Emmanuel College to work with Adam Mathias, Anonymous III (AP), and a number of choral scholars from the university. Over the course of the day, singers worked on a range of pieces, from chant through to 13th century Parisian polyphony, hymns to motets. In particular Katarina spent time preparing material with singers for an upcoming concert – medieval music in honour of the Virgin Mary – that took place on 9th March at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
On the 25th and 26th of January 2018, the SoundMe teams convened in Heidelberg for a collaborative meeting with members of the project Die frühe Messvertonung zwischen liturgischer Funktion und Kunstanspruch, based at the Departments of Musicology in Mainz and Weimar-Jena. The meeting was organised as a series of eight papers, in which the speakers gave insights into their own research, addressing core issues that underlie both projects. Discussions were enriched by the attendance of Corina Marti and Michal Gondko, the artistic directors of the early music ensemble “La Morra” (Basel).
On 23-24 January members of the Prague and Warsaw teams conducted research at the Stadtbibliothek in Trier. They were interested in little known manuscripts containing Central European repertory from the fifteenth century. Their attention focused in particular on manuscript 322/1994, which is the principal source of polytextual motets and Latin songs. The investigation concentrated on establishing the provenance and the date of creation of this manuscript.