Karl Kügle – Principal Investigator
Karl studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich (1975-81), the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (1981-82) and the Juilliard School (1982-83), as well as musicology, theatre studies and Japanese at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (1976-82). He continued his studies at New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1993 with a study of the fourteenth-century manuscript Ivrea, Biblioteca capitolare 115 and its music. He subsequently held research positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. In 1998, he joined the Department of Music at the University of Hong Kong where he taught until 2004. In autumn 2004, he was appointed Professor of Musicology at Utrecht University where he occupies the Chair in the History of Music prior to 1800. He joined the University of Oxford in 2016, where he is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Music and Senior Research Fellow of Wadham College. He also leads the HERA-financed international research project Sound Memories (2016-19).
David Murray – Research Fellow
David’s contribution to the Oxford MALMECC project is a study of the songs of the anonymous Monk of Salzburg, one of the most productive composers of the German middle ages, in the context of the cosmopolitan court of Pilgrim II of Puechheim, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg (1365-96), and its interactions with the Imperial court at Prague and the Papal court at Avignon.
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Laura Slater- Research Fellow
Laura is focussing on ‘Gender, Lineage and Patterns of Patronage in Late Medieval France, England and the Low Countries’. She is researching the cultural patronage and courtly role/s of Queen Philippa of Hainault, looking particularly at the illuminated manuscripts associated with her and their unusual musical content. Her broader research interests centre on the relationships between art, ideas, power and politics in medieval Britain and Europe. She is also interested in medieval responses to antiquity and the Holy Land.
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Christophe Masson – Research Fellow
Christophe is investigating the cultural (especially the musical) life of cardinal’s courts. He aims to define the role played by princes of the Church who had to help to rule a universal government in a context of political centralization around nation states. He is particularly interested in the period of the Avignon papacy and of the Great Western Schism. His broader research interests cover late medieval warfare, political history, and the history of the Principality of Liège.
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Martha Buckley – Research Support
Martha works on the MALMECC project providing administrative and finance support to the team. She took an Mst in History at Oxford, and enjoys working on a project which chimes with her own interests.