On 10 October 2017 Bartłomiej Gembicki presented his research at the 5th “SoundMe” seminar in Warsaw. He discussed early 17th century Italian music for Vespers, relying on sources ranging from early music prints to contemporary CD covers. By doing so, he disclosed the motivations and strategies that established the myth of Venetian Vespers music, highlighting how this shapes modern popular perception of early baroque music. The paper was followed by a lively discussion, which centred on the role of the musicologist as the receiver/constructor of the musical past.
On 18 and 19 September 2017, SoundMe Project Leader and Principal Investigator of the Utrecht team Karl Kügle paid a research visit to the Landeshauptarchiv in Koblenz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany). There, he examined a set of fragments of so-called ars nova polyphony. He recently discovered the fragments in a late fifteenth-century manuscript from Boppard (Middle Rhine) now kept at the Landeshauptarchiv.
On Tuesday 12 September 2017 Antonio Chemotti (Warsaw team) presented his “Sound Memories” research project at the international conference Die Musikkultur der evangelischen Kirchengemeinden in Breslau. Gestaltung ihrer Tradition und die musikalische Ökumene (Wrocław, 11-13 September 2017).
From July 4 through July 8, 2017, the entire SoundMe team attended the 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference in Prague. Two sessions were convened in order to present and discuss the first results of our research project.
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 (University of Heidelberg and PI of the Heidelberg team) were the assessors.
On 27 June 2017 Paweł Gancarczyk, Principal Investigator of the Warsaw team, delivered a paper to an international audience of medievalists from the United States, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, and Russia assembled at Kloster Neustift/Novacella in Southern Tyrol.
On 22 June 2017 SoundMe Project Leader and Principal Investigator of the Utrecht team, Karl Kügle, delivered the Annual UCMS lecture 2017 to an interdisciplinary audience of 75 medievalists, including research postgraduates (MA and PhD levels) and specialists in wide range of fields including textual and visual studies, history, religion and music.
From 4 to 19 June 2017 Bartłomiej Gembicki (PhD student from the Warsaw team) carried out a document search in Venice (Archivio di Stato, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Archivio Storico del Patriarcato and Biblioteca Gianni Milner Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi). The search concerned mainly the liturgical sources from the church of St Mark, including five ceremonials produced between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. He also studied documents concerning the duties of the employees of St Mark’s church (particularly musicians and masters of ceremonies) and documented examples of their negligence.
On Wednesday 31 May 2017, in the library of the Institute of Musicology of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Antonio Chemotti delivered a paper entitled The Musical Past in 16th Century Silesia. Chemotti shared the first results of his research in this field, focussing on the songbook Ein schlesich Singebüchlein (Wroclaw 1555). The presentation was followed by a lively discussion, during which the participants addressed the stylistic features of selected musical examples from the Silesian source, considering the historical and cultural meanings of ‘archaic’ musical practices.
During 26–28 April 2017 Jan Ciglbauer, Paweł Gancarczyk and Lenka Hlávková carried out HERA-related research in the Czech Republic and Hungary. Their visits to the libraries in Opava (Silesian Museum) and Budapest (National Széchényi Library and University Library) involved examining unknown or little-known sources from the first half of the fifteenth century.