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International projects

Notated Sources from Medieval Hungary: Transregional Research and Online Database Building.
Notované pramene stredovekého Uhorska: transregionálny výskum a tvorba online databáz
Program: Medziakademická dohoda (MAD)
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:A coordinated international survey of medieval music manuscripts (late medieval and early modern) that were influenced by several cultural traditions is the main theme of the project. The basic objective of the project is international research on identity of medieval notated codices and fragments from Slovakia and Hungary. Many manuscripts were influenced by different cultural traditions. The research is to analyse, process and compare the manuscripts that represent a specific cultural influences and elements and the mixing of different scribal and notational workshops, music content and liturgical traditions. Ordered by distinguished personalities of cultural life (religious and secular donors and rich religious institutions, cities), they were written in the late Middle Ages.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2017

The Network of the Musical Theatre Companies in the Multilingual East-Central Europe
Program: International Visegrad Found (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Laslavíková Jana PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on the most important decades of cultural nation-building. The discourse on this subject – due to national sensitivities – is usually closed into itself, and therefore it encounters difficulties in addressing the regional or a wider scholarly community. The methodological coordination of the research on the period 1870–1920 carried out currently by the institutes participating in the project and the establishing of a common scholarly database is a unique initiative within the practice of historical musicology in our region. The co-operation to be carried out in this project will lead to the creation of an important common knowledge base concerning the regional music and theatre history and it will also transmit easily accessible factual information to the wider circles of cultural consumers. During the project, five decades of music theatrical repertoire from the turn of 19th and 20th centuries will become available for the first time both to the academic community and the wider audience through a common surface (database) and further publication (brochure, volume, website).
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Duration: 22.9.2017 - 15.8.2018

National projects

Formally Oriented Theories of Music and Their Analytical Corroboration
Formálne orientované teórie hudby a ich analytické overovanie
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Bc. Cenkerová Zuzana PhD.
Annotation:Both music theory and analysis investigate logic of musical works. Their relation is similar to the relation between theoretical and experimental physics: they urge each other to continuous revaluation of their approaches leading to improved knowledge of the objects under investigation. Therefore, every music-theoretical model should be thoroughly tested through music-analytical work. Theory of functional harmony (Riemann 1890; 1893) provides a historical example. It owes its success to Riemann's own admirable analytical efforts and achievements: among other analytical works he published detailed analyses of all Beethoven's sonatas in three volumes, illustrating the power of the theoretical model (Riemann 1919-20). This project's aim is to test most recent formally oriented theories through intensive analytical work. The term "formal" refers to methods originating from exact sciences such as mathematics, geometry or informatics. Recent decades brought their intensive development in music theory.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Music in Bratislava
Hudba v Bratislave
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on research of music and musical life in Bratislava from the Middle Ages until today. It is based on assumption, that Bratislava as a music-cultural center occupied within the network of Central-European urban communities unique position, which had arised from its specific geographical location, special social and political position and multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The main objective of this project is to contribute to knowledge about the musical history of Bratislava through new information acquired by source research in those thematic areas which have not yet been sufficiently researched, and to provide a picture of the city’s musical past in an integral, systematically outlined and updated form in terms of knowledge and methodology.
Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

Topography of Music in Slovakia in the Course of Centuries
Hudobná topografia Slovenska v premenách storočí
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Petőczová Janka CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on open questions of the contemporary historical musicology, dealing with the issues of musical work, musical personalities and the musical life on the territory of Slovakia within a well defined topographical and regional framework. The project is based on basic research aimed at defining musical centres in Slovakia (macroregions, micro-regions), their description and characterization against the background of the historically changing geographical, regional and administrative-territorial environment, in specific periods of the history of music. The core of the project lies in preparing monographies and studies evaluating musical culture in selected territorial units and time periods: on the whole territory of Slovakia (taking due regard to the historical context), in a historical region/county (musical topography of Spiš/Zips/Szepes, Šariš/Scharosch/Sáros) within, in towns (Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Prešov, Levoča) and in residences of nobility/aristocracy (Erdődy-, Andrássy-family).
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Missale Romanum sign. Rkp. zv. 387 from the ÚK SAV - the research and source edition 
Missale Romanum sign. Rkp. zv. 387 z Ústrednej knižnice SAV - výskum a pramenná edícia
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The task for the project researchers will be to present the missal (sign. R 378) in the context of medieval European music culture, which is characterized by plurality and diversity of local traditions. On the basis of codicological, paleographic, musicological and liturgical analysis, the research team workers will try to determine the musical-liturgical tradition, which the codex represents. For this a comparative method will be used, comparing the repertory of the researched codex, or melodies and texts of individual musical forms, with repertory of musical-liturgical books from 10th -16th century made in Western European countries as well as in Hungary, Poland, Bohemia and Austria. Besides that it will be necessary to point out the specifications of the source from the ÚK SAV, demonstrated in the structure of the local repertory. It will also be necessary to present local musical-liturgical tradition that can be of Scandinavian origin and a level of its dependence on other local traditions.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

The Image of Piety in Medieval Musical Culture in Slovakia
Obraz zbožnosti v stredovekej hudobnej kultúre na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on a comprehensive analysis of medieval piety through primary (music) and secondary sources from Slovakia in the 9th to the early 16th century time period. The multidisciplinary exploration will focus on all preserved medieval manuscripts of monophonic church music (so called cantus planus - plainchant) and secondary sources (documents, chronicles, official town books, monuments of art culture). The research will focus on the processing and evaluation of the basic effects, structures, systems and models of medieval piety in the musical culture in Slovakia. The project is a part of the Slovak medieval studies scientific research work. In coherence with current research results, the dominant cultural influences and the basic criteria of medieval piety in the musical culture of Slovakia in the Middle Ages will be systematized and evaluated comparatively.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

The state and social functions of contemporary traditional music and dance
Podoby a spoločenské funkcie tradičnej hudby a tanca v súčasnosti
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Belišová Jana PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on contemporary musical and dance tradition in rural societies in Slovakia, and on their evolution in the course of the last three decades. This approach was applied in the Slovak ethnomusicology and choreology very rarely. Field research will be conducted in a specified set of chosen locations and it will follow precise goals according to chosen set of topics and research phenomena. In the main focus is not only the musical or movement structure of chosen folklore practices as artistic forms, but also their functional position in the local cultural system. That is why the processes like mediation, transmission, and revitalization will be taken into significant consideration. Another goal of the project is the critical revision of research methods and techniques. Project will result in a publication with multimedia DVD, consisting of thematically different chapters elaborating particular scientific problems. An international conference will be organized as well. It will provide a platform for exchanging current experiences and knowledge, and critical assessment of the progress of project by colleagues from cooperating institutions.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

The Slovak folk song and its harmonic interpretation in musical compositions from the 19th and 20th centuries
Slovenská ľudová pieseň a jej harmonická interpretácia v kompozičných úpravách 19. a 20. storočia
Program: Iné projekty
Project leader: PhDr. Urbancová Hana DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Slovak Opera- Artistic and Social Phenomenon
Slovenská opera ako umelecký a spoločenský fenomén
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Laslavíková Jana PhD.
Annotation:The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to apply the latest methods of international research of the operatic history and to study of the history of Slovak opera. We understand the subject of this research as a holistic phenomenon, which includes operatic composition, staging practice, practical aspects of functioning of an opera house, as well as social functions of opera, and the historical context in which it exists. We plan to re-interpret some subtopics which have been studied previously (e.g. the opera “Whirlpool” by Eugen Suchoň and some other significant works) but also to fill the empty spots (opera and ideology, history of the audience etc). The outcome would be a better understanding of the “cultural history” of Slovak opera, contribution to the history of the Slovak culture and society in 20 and 21st century as well as “initial study” covering the space and evolution of opera in the smaller Central European culture, and its relevance in the context of the international scientific discourse.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2018

Slovak hymns and their tunes in the musical sources from 16th to 18th century
Slovenské duchovné piesne a ich nápevy v hudobných prameňoch 16. - 18. storočia
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ruščin Peter PhD.
Annotation:The aim of project is to prepare the edition of hymn-tunes from the slovak musical sources of 16th-18th century. The project includes the researching of the tunes from lutheran and catholic printed sources and their variant versions in the selected manuscript sources from Slovakia.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

3KRALI - The Three Magi as a Theme in the Art in Slovakia - Interdisciplinary Studies on Cultural tradition and communication
Téma Troch kráľov v umení Slovenska – interdisciplinárne štúdie kultúrnej tradície a komunikácie
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Urbancová Hana DrSc.
Annotation:There is a possibility how to open the original Hebrew horizon of Evangelistary through the Three Magi as a topic and this subject resonated and resonates in the culture of several countries. We could follow its development and difference at the field of European culture which is characterized by the surviving of the basic subjects and motifs in the different cultural levels. Also, there is the way how to record, document and study this theme from the point of different disciplines. History and theories of the theatre, music and fine arts are in the center of our attention in this proposal. All of them are based on its own methodological tradition; through the interdisciplinary dialog could be opened the new prospectives especially at that point when the different representations of the theme of research cross and form the concrete historical image of piety, commemorating, ritual practices or theatrical performances.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Acoustic properties of Historical Pipe Organs in Slovakia
Zvukové vlastnosti historických organov na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Štafura Andrej PhD.
Annotation:Slovak historical pipe organs being part of European cultural heritage constitute a specific subject for organologic research from musical point of view. The aim of the proposed project is to research and study pipe organs themselves as well as their acoustic properties. These properties constitute a baseline for describing characteristics of organs as musical instruments combining elements from both, wind and keyboard instruments. Research of organ pipes and building materials of the instruments will be supplemented by the research of conditions and states, in which the instruments currently are. The research groundwork will be an interdisciplinary approach towards the field of study utilising mostly methods of musical acoustics, physical acoustics as well as biotics. Results of the research will contribute towards more profound and complex knowledge of the history of music, more specifically the characteristics of pipe organ musical styles as well as renovation and construction of the pipe organs.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

Woman in Traditional Musical Culture
Žena v tradičnej hudobnej kultúre
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Urbancová Hana DrSc.
Annotation:Gender studies are a specific component of the research of music in its social-cultural context. The category of gender was established as one of the devices of description, analysis and interpretation of musical culture not only in ethnomusicology, but also in music historiography. The project is focused on woman as a representative of the musical culture and observes her places, position and roles in the traditional cultural type. Using probes into the selected song genres, music genres, stilistic periods and personalities it surveys the share of women in folk as well as composed music. The project contributes to the gender studies in the Slovak musicology. It is an attempt at a critical evaluation of the gender aspect in the research of the selected areas of music and musical culture in Slovakia.
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

Projects total: 14