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Re-visiting the concept of the ‘musical work’, or: Why collaborate with MALMECC? Part I by Soterraña Aguirre Rincón

Do we need the concept of the ‘musical work’ to make a music history? This is a simple question to which it is not easy to offer an answer. If we answer it restrictively, we would have to say that its use is only relevant for the study of the music of the 19th century and much of the 20th century. But it is also quite possible that we might accept its validity for music from the 15th century onwards…


Meet Grantley…

Interview with Grantley McDonald, Post-doc researcher on the MALMECC project What attracted you to this project? I have been working on a large-scale project on the court chapel of Maximilian I Habsburg (1459–1519) since 2016. At every turn I became aware how much its structures, practices and personnel drew on […]


Life Imitating Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life? A Peek at Machaut and Le Franc – Part I by Uri Smilansky

Part I of IV by Uri Smilansky Helen Swift has written extensively (2017, but also 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2013) about an extraordinary work, the Complainte du livre du Champion des Dames a maistre Martin le Franc son acteur­­. Martin le Franc (c. 1410-1461) must have composed this 60-strophe dream-poem […]


Hitting the Ground Running – Importance of First Impressions

As it is often difficult to find evidence of cultural activities even for well documented figures, this link is really intriguing. Machaut’s multiple manuscript-collections of text and music are prime surviving examples of the kind of object I am pursuing. In looking at them, I ask not what they say about Machaut, but about their owners – I do not compare the quality of readings, but the effect of their general presentation.


It’s not what you know III: More Networking [in] Salzburg

In this third and final post in the series, David turns his attention to another figure from the circle of Pilgrim von Puchheim. Although Wilderich de Mitra spent only a few years in Salzburg itself, his influence was considerable and shines a light on the tangle of ecclesiastical and political connections that passed through Salzburg in the later fourteenth century.