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International Projects

EarlyMuse - A New Ecosystem of Early Music Studies

A New Ecosystem of Early Music Studies

Duration: 21. 9. 2022 - 20. 9. 2026
Evidence number:CA21161
Program: COST
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:Early music, in all its breadth, and all its experimental dimensions, has been foundational to musicology as an academic discipline, and continues to play, in changing configurations, an essential role in the training courses and research programmes of musicologists. EarlyMuse aims to take this academic and artistic movement in new directions in both research and training by strengthening collaborative practices between all the stakeholders. Rethinking the scientific and experimental field, as well as the material and symbolic value of early music and its modes of promotion in the digital age and in the post-pandemic period, offers tremendous opportunities to revalorize a major part of European musical heritage. In order to address these challenges in all their complexity and diversity, the consortium brings together academic partners from 23 countries, with a network of music culture professionals and an industrial partner. EarlyMuse intends to chart new paths that will strengthen the unique place of early music in Europe, both in our intellectual and cultural practices and in its global appeal. Specifically, EarlyMuse will address six challenges: (1) scientific, (2) educational, (3) professional, (4) structural, (5) economic and (6) societal. The project will transform the scientific field, redraw the place of early music in higher education, attract original talent, deploy tools useful to emerging creative industries, and define public policy in the field of culture.

Early Music in Central Europe: Collaborated Research, Migrating Sources, Transregional Connections

Stará hudba v strednej Európe: spoločný výskum, migrujúce pramene, transregionálne vzťahy

Duration: 1. 11. 2023 - 1. 10. 2026
Evidence number:22310209
Program: International Visegrad Fund (IVF)
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:Historical narratives on medieval music culture usually depict Central Europe as a marginal region with delayed reception of the newest repertories and with retarded development. This is based on insufficient presentation of music sources, their description and interpretation, as well as a misunderstanding of the specific cultural profile of the region. It does not correlate with narratives around music "centres", defined primarily on the knowledge of sources from the European West and South in the post-War period, when the study of church culture and music was marginalized or even forbidden by Communist regimes. New or renewed research on medieval liturgical music in all V4 countries in the last three decades is confronted by new methodologies and approaches, to which each country responded in a different way, developing different strengths – repertory inventories, fragment studies and musical palaeography (in Hungary, and in Slovakia), questions of transmission and hymnology in Czechia and monastic studies in Poland. The project creates the first opportunity for knowledge and methodology exchange between all four countries, with two goals: to build a larger research community with active knowledge and methodology exchange, and to develop common projects and publications that will secure firmer standing in future narratives on history and culture in Central Europe.

National Projects

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

Historické pramene tradičného slovenského spevu: typológia, rekonštrukcia, interpretácia

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:2/0100/22
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
Evidence number:2/0127/24
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
Evidence number:2/0012/21
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
Evidence number:2/0116/24
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
Evidence number:2/0006/21
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.

Projects total: 7