Prague, 11 April 2018 This concert was organised by SoundMe on behalf of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic in cooperation with the music festival Vítání jara (Welcome, Spring) and the City of Prague. The concert programme reflected spiritual traditions which contributed to the constitution of a medieval Bohemian state, culminating in the era of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV (1316-1378). The concert took place at 7 PM in the St Peter and Paul Basilica at Vyšehrad (Štulcova, Praha 2).
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 his presentation, he discussed the paradigm of ‘Western European’ historiography which regards Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary as ‘Eastern Europe’.
9 April – Prague team members Lenka Hlávková and Jan Ciglbauer were invited by Czech Radio to talk about the Sound Memories project and current research in early music within the broadcast programme “Reflexe”.
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.