Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age: The Meeting of the European East, West and South


Project Summary

The investigation of music migrations offers insight into musico-cultural encounters, in spatial terms (European East, West and South), and in temporal terms (seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, i.e. Baroque and Classicism).

This research aimed to prove that music migrations have:

  • considerably contributed to the dynamics and synergy of the European cultural scene at large
  • stimulated innovations, changes of styles and patterns of musical and social behaviourcontributed to the cohesive forces in the common European cultural identity

The main objectives of this project were to:

  • gather individual information on migrating musicians within the broad ‘old European’ territory, and outside it. The term ‘musicians’ is to be understood broadly and here denotes not only composers, performers, writers on music issues, but also other professions related to music
  • enter the data in the common database
  • create a map of migration flows and to draw systematic and synthetic conclusions out of the data collected in the database
  • develop further systematic research issues via specific case studies, analysed in depth by an interdisciplinary and multi-perspective approach (histoire croisée). Based on such conclusions, specific case studies will be picked up, analysed in depth and presented in various ways.

The basic investigation supplied concrete data on migrating musicians. A theoretical framework then emerged within which it was possible to identify a network of:

  • migrating musicians (individuals or groups) and their routes and goals
  • secular and sacral centres with centripetal attractiveness
  • the cultural transfer of certain musical forms and styles
  • individual and social migrational motives – ideological, economic, political, etc.

Based on these general issues, concrete illustrations and argumentation have been developed through selected case studies.

To share the final research results, the researchers organised:

  • a series of concerts and an exhibition
  • project meetings and workshops
  • an online accessible database and interactive maps
  • open access and printed proceedings, monographs, critical editions of texts, and articles in journals
  • the publication of music material with introductory studies, mostly ready-to-play and record

Prof Vjera Katalinic

Project Leader

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Croatia


Project Partners

Prof Vjera Katalinic

Project Leader

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Croatia

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Prof Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Germany

Dr Metoda Kokole

Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Slovenia

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Prof Barbara Przybyszewska-Jarminska

Polish Academy of Sciences
Poland

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Prof Alina Zórawska-Witkowska

University of Warsaw
Poland

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Prof Gesa zur Nieden

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Germany

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Associate Partners

Dr Grozdana Maroševic

Croatian Musicological Society
Croatia

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Prof Jörg Rogge

Johannes Gutenberg Universität
Germany

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Prof Martin Baumeister

Deutsches historisches Institut in Rom
Italy

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Piotr Maculewicz

Fundacja Concentus
Poland

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Dr Gregor Pompe

Slovenian Musicological Society
Slovenia

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Dr Boris Golec

Slovenian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Slovenia

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  • Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

    Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

    Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 11, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

  • Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

    Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

    Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin, Germany

  • Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

    Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

    Novi trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana

  • Polish Academy of Sciences

    Polish Academy of Sciences

    Warsaw, Poland

  • University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw

    Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland

  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

    Saarstraße 21, 55122 Mainz, Germany