On 28 and 29 May 2018 the SoundMe project conference and conference concert took place in Utrecht. All details can be found on this page.
The Warsaw and Prague teams produced a short documentary video on the workshops “Preserving and Transforming Sound Memories”, held in Prague (10 April 2018) and Warsaw (13 April 2018). The clip includes a report about some of the research conducted by members of the SoundMe project, as well as pieces performed by Anonymous III. Students from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and from the United States of America share their experiences as participants of the workshops.
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis – Associate Partner of the SoundMe project – prepared a concert programme entitled ‘European encounters – three centuries of music’. Its contents relate to the research by all the five teams of the project. It includes compositions illustrating the interpenetration of the music repertory between different regions and faiths, at the same time showing the use of music of the past in the cultures of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. For some of these compositions, discovered and edited by project team members, this was the first time they were presented in public in several hundred years (see programme [PDF, opens in new tab]).
Suzanne Ryan, main editor for humanities and executive editor for music at Oxford University Press, gave a lecture in Prague on practical aspects of publishing process and writing a successful book proposal.
On the occasion of their concert on 3rd June 2018 at Festival Oude Muziek Nu in Hoorn (NL) (see the Events page), AP Ensemble Trigon shared a videoclip with two early 17th-century songs from the Amsterdam beguinage. It was taken during a concert presented on 17th December 2017 in castle ‘t Huys Delver (NL).
On 15 May Karl Kügle presented his research on the Koblenz fragments at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. [Abstract] The Koblenz fragments: a new source of late medieval music, and the aesthetics of late fifteenth-century bookbinding. The newly discovered Koblenz fragments (Landeshauptarchiv, Best. 701 Nr. 243, front and rear pastedowns and sewing guards) preserve several examples of late medieval music from 13th and early 14th century France and/or the southern Low Countries. Karl gave an overview of the fragments’ contents, presented the state of research on them, and offered some thoughts on their provenance.
Dutch musicologist Jaap van Benthem spent a few days in Prague to supervise a recording of music by the 15th-century Flemish composer Johannes Tourout with Czech singers Barbora Kabátková, Hana Blažíková, Tomáš Lajtkep, Ondřej Holub and Jaromír Nosek.
10 and 13 April 2018, Prague & Warsaw This workshop organised in cooperation between the Prague, Cambridge and Warsaw teams including Associate Partners Schola Gregoriana Pragensis and Anonymous III investigated some basic issues of the SoundMe project through three specific types of musical material:
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’.