Department of Musicology

Project information

'Musical-Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe, c.1550-1750' is an international research partnership between Uppsala University, Bach-Archiv Leipzig at the University of Leipzig, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Started in 2012, the project aims to initiate, support and promote research and research training in the history of Early Modern music. Merging an overall conceptual framework drawn from social theory and historical anthropology with the methods and materials of traditional musicology, the aim is to study the transfer and exchange of muiscal culture in Europe. This includes the processes of appropriation, translation and hybridisation as they occur in musical repertory, musical sources, musical discourse, and performance practices.

Project coordinator: Professor Lars Berglund
Funded by: The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education
Duration: 2012-2018
Project participants
Workshops & conferences
Related projects


Here's a list of the participating members, as well as links to webpages with further presentations of their research interests:

Workshops & conferences

The network partnership 'Musical-Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe, c.1550-1750' arranges six-monthly workshops for participating PhD students, postdocs, and senior researchers at the three partner institutions. It also supports placements for PhD students and postdocs at one of the partner insitutions. A concluding conference on Music and Cultural Exchange is planned for the end of project in 2015.

Uppsala, 5-7 October 2012

An initial workshop was held at Uppsala University on the 5-7 October 2012 where members presented papers applying the concepts of cultural exchange to their own research. Dr Bjarke Moe from the University of Copenhagen was invited to discuss his work on the exchanges between Denmark and Italy in the early seventeenth-century.

The October 2012 programme is available via this link. 

Royal Holloway, 17-19 April 2013

Our second workshop took place at Royal Holloway, University of London, on the 17-19 April 2013, with round-table discussion on the themes:

  • 'Networks and Infrastructure' (convened by Stephen Rose);
  • 'Collectors and Collecting' (convened by Ester Lebedinski and Maria Schildt);
  • 'Analysing Seventeenth-Century Music' (convened by Lars Berglund).

We were particularly pleased to be visited by Professor Jonathan Wainwright (University of York) and Dr Elisabeth Giselbrecht (Salzburg University). 

Leipzig, 27-30 November 2013

The network's third workshop was organised in Leipzig, 27-30 November 2013. This time foucusing on postgraduate research training in studying early modern musical sources, our participants attended seminars and stuy visits at the Bach Archive at Leipzig University, the Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, and the Dresden Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitäts-bibliothek Dresden.

Uppsala, May 2014

Our next workshop is planned to take place in Uppsala in May 2014.

Related projects

Renaissance Art and Music (RA&M) was an interdisciplinary collaboration between Royal Holloway and The Courtauld Institute of Art, both parts of University of London. The aim of the project was to explore the relationship between art and music during the period c.1400-1550, with particular interest in examining how best the two disciplines can be studied and presented together. The project was carried out from October 2012 to January 2014. For more information about the project, visit [OBS! Länken till projektsidan är trasig. Tas bort?]

Early Music Online is a digitising project carried out in collaboration between the Music Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, and The British Library. The purpose of the project is to digitise 16th-century anthologies of printed music, from holdings at The British Library. So far, over 320 volumes have been digitised. For more information about the project and to browse the catalogue, visit the Early Music Online webpage.