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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
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.

National Projects

CANTUS PLANUS in Slovakia: Local Elements – Transregional Connections

CANTUS PLANUS na Slovensku: lokálne prvky – transregionálne vzťahy

Duration: 1. 7. 2020 - 30. 6. 2024
Program: APVV
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).

Hymn of 17th and 18th century on the territory of Slovakia in genre and musical style context

Duchovná pieseň 17. a 18. storočia na Slovensku v žánrovom a hudobno-štýlovom kontexte

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ruščin Peter PhD.
Annotation:The aim of project is to research the stucture of genre and musical style identities in the slovak hymns from 17th and 18th centuries. Such identities are connected with various genre and styles of sacred and secular music of renaissance and baroque period. Research of hymns respects their interethnical character on the territory of Slovakia and is not confessionaly determined. It´s based on processing of brighter selection of hymnografic sources, from the printed editions of hymnals, through the leaflet songs to the manuscript hymnbooks. The project follows the previous research of sources and the database of slovak hymn tunes, which is in preparing. The results of this project contribute to the complex interpretation of the history of hymn in Slovakia as a part of music history and musical culture.

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.

The Carthusian Psalterium–Gradual sign. J 538 from the Literary Archive of the Slovak National Library in Martin – research and source edition

Kartuziánsky žaltár – graduál sign. J 538 z Literárneho archívu Slovenskej národnej knižnice v Martine – výskum a pramenná edícia

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Veselovská Eva PhD.
Annotation:The goal of the project investigators shall be a presentation of another of the 18 medieval notated sources from our territory, in the context of medieval European musical culture. It is evident that the manuscript has Carthusian origin. Nevertheless, the aim of the project shall be confirmation of its respective musical-liturgical tradition, by means of a codicological, palaeographic, musicological, and liturgical analysis. From a methodological point of view, we shall mainly apply the method of comparison of repertoire of the analysed gradual, i.e. a comparison of its melodies and lyrics with adequate repertoire of musical-liturgical manuscripts from 12th-16th century edited not only in Western European countries, but also in Poland, Bohemia, Austria, and in the Kingdom of Hungary. A further task shall consist in showing the specificities of this source within the frame of Carthusian tradition, as it is manifested in the structure of the preserved repertoire.

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).

Personality and work in the history of musical culture of the 18th – 20th century in Slovakia

Osobnosť a dielo v dejinách hudobnej kultúry 18. – 20. storočia na Slovensku

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ščepán Michal PhD.
Annotation:Project is focused on basic research of the relation of personality and work in historical context. It gives attention to the activities of musical personalities within the frame of forming music culture, and their work from stylish, musical-genre, structural and semantic aspect. In addition to the musical compositions of composer, as the main subject of our research interest, musical work also includes interpretation work of artists, music-theoretical works and textbooks of authors of the 18th – 20th century, whose activities were connected with the territory of Slovakia. The intention of the project is to explore connections between the musical work and its author in mutual correlation as well as in the relation to society. The aim is to bring the closer versatile activity of composers, performers, theoreticians and teachers, and their contribution to the forming music culture in Slovakia in a selected period.

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.

Projects total: 8