Book Series Epitome musical

Sounding the Past: Music as History and Memory

Karl Kügle (ed)

  • Pages: 312 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w, 21 col., 9 tables b/w., 14 musical examples
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2020

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58831-5
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“(…) the volume reads, at times, as a diverse and interesting collection of musicological essays, as opposed to a thematically oriented collection. This aside, the volume reflects a high level of research on the part of individual contributors and is a fitting testimony of a wider-ranging “Sound Memories” research project.” (Mary Channen Caldwell, dans Revue de musicologie, 107/2, 2021, p. 478)


Karl Kügle is Professor of  the History of Music before 1800 at Utrecht University and a Senior Research Fellow in Music at Wadham College, University of Oxford.


This volume offers the first systematic exploration of the past as manifested in music of the later Middle Ages and the early modern period. It takes the reader on a journey of discovery across the continent, from the genesis of a new sense of a musical past in early thirteenth-century Paris to the complex and diverse roles and pedigrees given music of the past in sources, media, genres, communities, and regions in the Age of Reformations. Particular attention is given to the use of older styles and musical traditions in changing constructions of religious and political identity, laying the groundwork for a revised narrative of European music history that accommodates within its framework the full plurality of styles and regions found in the sources. The volume concludes with reflections on the conflicting appropriations and effects of the musical past today in composition, performance, musicological discourse, and tourism.



Karl Kügle

Introduction: Towards a New History of the Musical Past
Karl Kügle

Part I: Singing Histories

Introduction: Sung Histories    
Susan Rankin


1. Making Music into History, Susan Rankin
2. Collecting Clausulae, Shaping the Past, Adam Mathias (University of Cambridge)
3. Using the Past as Model: Musical Scripts in Books of the Prague Diocese, David Eben (Charles University Prague) and Susan Rankin
4. Operation Libroni: Franchinus Gaffurius and the Construction of a Repertory for Milan’s Duomo, Daniele V. Filippi (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis)

Part II: Traditions

Introduction: Tradition in the Musical Past 
Paweł Gancarczyk

5. From Tolerated Addition to Keepers of Tradition: The Authority of the ‘Past’ in Latin Song in Central Europe in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, Jan Ciglbauer (Charles University Prague)
6. Memory of Genre: The Polytextual Motet in Central Europe and its Two Traditions, Paweł Gancarczyk

7. Tradition and Experimentation in Choirbooks Printed in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Italy, Emanuel Signer (University of Cambridge)

Part III: Persistence in Times of Change

Introduction: Religious Reforms and their Links with the Past, Inga Mai Groote and Lenka Hlávková

8. Using the Past, Shaping the Present: Tracing the Tradition of Specific Polyphonic Repertories in Bohemian Utraquist Sources (c.1450-1540), Lenka Hlávková
9. Flexible Uniformity or Stability over the Years? The Liturgy of Monastic Houses Affiliated with the Windesheim Congregation, Manon Louviot (Utrecht University)
10. The Presence of the Past in Lutheran Music and Liturgy: A Commentary on David Chytraeus’s Agenda of 1578, Christine Roth (University of Zurich)

Part IV. Perspectives

Introduction: Dilemmas of Historicism, Karl Kügle

11. The Memory of Meaning: Polychorality in Venice and the Cori Spezzati Meme, Bartłomiej Gembicki (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
12. Visions of the Past: A Conversation with Michał Gondko and Paweł Szamburski, Antonio Chemotti (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)


General Index