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Institute of Musicology

CANTUS PLANUS in Slovakia: Local Elements – Transregional Connections

CANTUS PLANUS na Slovensku: lokálne prvky – transregionálne vzťahy

Duration: 1.7.2020 - 30.6.2024
Program: SRDA
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The medieval Latin liturgical plainsong, the so-called CANTUS PLANUS (Gregorian chant) is a unique cultural phenomenon in the European civilisation. It is the oldest expression of European musical thought and production proved by written documents. The CAPLAN project treats this phenomenon in the Slovak context. The focus of research are medieval musical sources from Slovakia and from Slovak provenance located abroad, from the second half of 9th century until the beginning of the 16th century with enjambments in modern history. It connects national research with global projects of history of music exploiting digital humanities (http://cantus.sk; http://cantusindex.org). First of all, it is necessary to complete their identification (heuristics). This operation is linked with the analytical process (origin, use, and spreading), with the aim of specifying local elements and transregional connections of single components (contents, liturgy, notation) of homophonic liturgical chant. Publication outputs shall map and systematise knowledge of musical production of chant in the variegated social and cultural environment (urban centres, rural environment). They identify basic process of shaping and spreading of chant according to geographical patterns (centralised seats vs. local milieu), social patterns (town, Church representatives and communities, aristocracy, and bourgeoisie), and functions (liturgical centres: diocesan vs. monastic sources) in an international context. The most important output of the large qualitative and quantitative analysis shall be data networking and online approach to digitalised sources, in connection with metadata in the open-access memory portal, which shall be part of the pan-European solution (TimeMachine-Project). The project theses, research, and outputs shall result in a musicological scientific work with interdisciplinary projections (codicology, palaeography, history, art history, and liturgy).

Historical Sources of Traditional Slovak Singing: Typology, Reconstruction, Interpretation

Historické pramene tradičného slovenského spevu: typológia, rekonštrukcia, interpretácia

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Urbancová Hana DrSc.
Annotation:The significance of historical research in today’s ethnomusicology is growing side by side with the growth of the source base which has been cumulated as the result of the conscious collecting and documentation activities of the last two centuries. The aim of the project is to carry out basic research on the historical sources of traditional Slovak singing from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century which originated in the territory of Slovakia and in Slovak enclaves abroad. The research will focus primarily on written (notated and textual) manuscript collections and sound (phonographic) recordings from collections of key significance for Slovak and Central European ethnomusicology (Plicka, Bartók, Lineva), along with the preparation of critical editions. The project will include a proposal for the typology of the sources of traditional singing and its application to a model example of an innovative historical study of the song genre which is now facing extinction.


Identita a pamäť v hudbe 20. storočia: metamorfózy a interakcie

Duration: 1.1.2024 - 31.12.2027
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ščepán Michal PhD.
Annotation:The topic of identity and memory has a long-term position in the discourse of the humanities. The two concepts are not disjunctive, moreover, in many cases they are connected with musical works. This mutual interaction therefore becomes an interesting subject for musicological research. The main research issue of the project is the investigation of the author's identity, its forms and transformations from the perspective of music historiography and music analysis. The question is how this particular form of identity manifests itself and what is the overall symbiosis with identities based on the cultural or social or ethnic basis. The subject of the research is partly also the opposite view of how music, through the reflection of certain themes and phenomena, becomes the bearer of collective memory, considered one of the main constituents of identity. The range of research topics mainly reflects domestic realities with the intention of their comparison in the broader contexts of the European music development.

Migration of Musicians and Musical Transmission in the 17th – 19th Centuries in Slovakia and Central Europe

Migrácia hudobníkov a transmisia hudby v 17. – 19. storočí na Slovensku a v strednej Európe

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Petőczová Janka CSc.
Annotation:In the project we will deal with topical issues related to the historical aspects of the mobility of musicians in the period of 17th to 19th centuries in Central Europe, with a particular focus on the territory of present-day Slovakia. We will do basic research of musical and archival sources documenting musical life, musical works, ways and directions of spreading music in relation to the migration of musicians (creative tours, moving). We will deal with the issue of what influence migrating musical personalities had exerted on the development of the domestic musical culture, with the issue of the typology of migration by its moving force (study, work, confessional exil, ethnicities) and with the issue of the transmission of assets (music, instruments, ideas, education) between towns, localities and regions. The planned outputs include critical editions of sources (vocal arias, choral works), a monography and scientific studies (about the mobility of musicians, C.Schmidt, F.Kühmayer, F.Hoffmann, F.W.Wagner).

Multilingualism in Church Chant

Multilingvizmus v cirkevnom speve

Duration: 1.1.2024 - 31.12.2027
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ruščin Peter PhD.
Annotation:The subject of the project is the research of the influence of multilingualism in church chant on its development on the territory of Slovakia from from the early modern period to the 20th century. The focus is on historical forms of church chant (liturgical chant, church hymns) recorded in written sources from our territory in different language versions (Latin, Czech, German, Hungarian, Slovak, Church Slavonic). The research focuses on the cultural and regional context of multilingualism in historical periods and confessional traditions. The aim of the project is to document the multilingual versions of church hymns on the basis of source research and to define the influence of multilingualism on character and coexistence of church chants from different confessional traditions. The project will result in new insights into the interplay between the musical-cultural and linguistic determinants of church chant not only in this country, but also in a wider geographical context.

Transregional relations of musical sources of sacred and secular character from the territory of Slovakia dating back to 12th – 17th century

Transregionálne vzťahy prameňov duchovnej a svetskej hudby z územia Slovenska v 12. – 17. storočí

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on a detailed elaboration of all the oldest materials of music from Slovakia, which are a core part of cultural, artistic, and educational identity in Europe. The aim of the project is to define local elements and resulting transregional relations of concrete materials of sacred and secular music from 12th – 17th century from Slovakia or from Slovak provenance abroad. The research shall concern complete and fragmentarily preserved musical manuscripts and prints. They shall be assessed on the basis of migration of cultural, religious, and artistic inputs that were influenced by single religious centres, institutions, towns or individuals (kings, aristocrats, ecclesiastical dignitaries, bourgeoisie). We shall also monitor the transfer of inputs, inspirations, and models that was reflected in single components of music (genres, repertoires, musical contents, liturgy, notation, etc.). The result of the project will be a comprehensive, analytical and comparative processing of music sources.

The total number of projects: 6