Music in Bohemia around 1400: Crossroads of traditions

The members of the research project Old Myths, New Facts: Czech Lands in the Centre of 15th century Music Developments invite all interested colleagues to the international conference Music in Bohemia around 1400: Crossroads of traditions which will take place on 21st-22nd November 2019 at Vila Lanna, Prague.

The musical culture of the Czech Lands before 1420 is characterized by a formidable variety of genres, musical forms, and sources of inspiration. Manuscript no. 42 from the library of the Cistercian Abbey of Vyšší Brod provides a unique insight into this musical environment. Its repertoire exemplifies the seminal role of Late Medieval Chant as well as the beginnings of trends fully developed later in the 15th century. The announced papers focus on phenomena for which manuscript no. 42 is the earliest and unsubstitutable source: song traditions and Late Medieval chant. Both musical worlds adopted a fashion of rhythmizing monophonic melodies – cantus fractus – and setting to polyphony which presented new challenges for the local composers. All contributions ask the question of transfer of musical repertoire within the Central European cultural space.


21st November

  • Conference opening (9:15)
  • Session 1: Music in Bohemia around 1400 (9:30 – 10:30)
    Chair: Lenka Hlávková

Chant in Bohemia around 1400: Traditions and Transformations
Hana Vlhová-Wörner (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS)

Das letzte Zusammentreffen. Die böhmische Liedkultur vor dem 15. Jahrhundert
Jan Ciglbauer (Charles University)

Coffee break (10:30 – 11:00)

  • Session 2: Song traditions I (11:00 – 12:30)
    Chair: Jan Ciglbauer

Conductus, Benedicamus und cantiones. Transformation und Fortleben des neuen Liedes
Konstantin Voigt (Universität Wien)

Veni Sancte Spiritus: Musical Pathways through Central Europe around 1400
Charles Brewer (Florida State University)

Hoc in festo. Ein Tropus im Prager Georgskloster und im deutschsprachigen Südwesten (und beim Zürcher Minnesänger Johannes Hadlaub?)
Stefan Rosmer (Universität Basel)

Lunch break (12:30 – 13:30)

  • Session 3: Cantus fractus (13:30 – 15:00)
    Chair: Hana Vlhová-Wörner

Cantus fractus und Mehrstimmigkeit. Das Gloria Bosse Nr. 49 als Grundlage polyphoner Sätze
Bernhold Schmid (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Cantus fractus, die Buxheimer Tabulatur und das Singen der liturgischen Einstimmigkeit
Franz Körndle (Universität Augsburg)

Auswege und Sackgassen: Zwei einstimmige Patrem aus Hohenfurth 42
Lenka Hlávková (Charles University)

Coffee break (15:00 – 15:30)

  • Session 4: “Unboxing VB 42” (15:30 – 17:00)

Jan Ciglbauer, Hana Vlhová-Wörner, Jan Baťa, Ensemble Gontrassek


  • The second life of Hussitism in Music of the 19th and 20th centuries

(17:30 – 18:30)

Viktor Velek (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS; University of Ostrava), Ensemble Ostravská bandaska


22nd November

  • Session 5: Song traditions II – Tropes, sequences, songs (9:30 – 11:00)
    Chair: T.B.A

Das Lied „Ave hierarchia“ und seine Überlieferungskontexte
Gisela Kornrumpf (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften München)

Characteristics and Transmission of Jenštejn’s Visitation Office
Rhianydd Hallas (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, Charles University)

Unde theutonice et bohemice cantate vos – Geistliche Lieder deutsch und tschechisch
Ute Evers (Universität Augsburg)

Coffee break (11:00 – 11:30)

  • Session 6: Music in the 15th century Bohemia: methodology and research perspectives (11:30 – 13:00)

Hana Vlhová-Wörner, Jan Ciglbauer, Zsuzsa Czagány (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), David Eben (Charles University), Barbora Kabátková (Charles University; Tiburtina Ensemble)

The conference is organized by the Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences together with the Institute of Musicology, Charles University, under the support of Strategies AV21.

The venue: Vila Lanna, V Sadech 1/1, 160 00 Praha 6-Bubeneč

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