The Political and Religious Role of Musical Traditions

How did the concept of a “musical past” develop between the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age? This question is the focus of a European research team that includes music scholars from Heidelberg University. “Based on new types of notation for polyphonic music, a new form of large-scale, retrospective music collections arose in 13th-century Paris in which repertoire was canonised. We want to examine how musical traditions up to the 16th century were exploited in various political and religious contexts by the cultivation of ‘old’ or even archaic styles and repertoires”, explains Prof. Dr Inga Mai Groote of the Heidelberg University Department of Musicology.

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European early music research awarded 1.2 million euros

A consortium of music scholars from the University of Cambridge, the University of Heidelberg, Charles University Prague, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and Utrecht University under leadership of Prof. Karl Kügle has been awarded a prestigious HERA subsidy in the amount of 1.2 million euro for their project ‘Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe’ (SoundMe).

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