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Music in the Czech Lands between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - AHV030002
Title: Music in the Czech Lands between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Guaranteed by: Institute of Musicology (21-UHV)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: yes
Virtual mobility / capacity: yes / 10
Key competences: 4EU+ Flagship 2
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: combined
Teaching methods: combined
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D.
Class: A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Uměnovědy
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Last update: PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D. (10.12.2023)
The research projects JRP HERA Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe (2016-2019) and EXPRO Old Myths, New Facts: Czech Lands in Center of 15th Century Musical Developments (2019-2023) have brought new insights into the musical culture of the Czech lands in the 15th and early 16th centuries that significantly change our current view of this era of our music history. The aim of this course is to convey the latest discourse to students and to place the period musical culture in a broader historical and social context. The course is designed as a discussion of current publications on the topic, supplemented by examples of music sources and sound examples.
Last update: PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D. (10.12.2023)

Selected bibliography:

Berger, Anna Maria Busse, and Jesse Rodin, eds. The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Caldwell, John. “Cantio.” In Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Ciglbauer, Jan. Septem Dies: Music at Prague University 1360–1460. Edited by Jan Ciglbauer. Prague: Supraphon, 2021.

Curry, Robert. “Music East of the Rhine.” In The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music, edited by Mark Everist, 171–82. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Gancarczyk, Paweł. “Cantus Planus Multiplex. Chant Polyphony in Poland from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Century.” In Notae Musicae Artis : Musical Notation in Polish Sources, 11th–16th Century, edited by Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba, 349‒401. Kraków: Musica Iagellonica, 2001.

Gancarczyk, Paweł. “Changing Identities of Songs by Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz.” Hudební věda 54, no. 1 (2017): 5–24.

Graham, Berry Frederic Hunter. Bohemian and Moravian Graduals 1420–1620. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006.

Hlávková, Lenka. “An Inconspicuous Relative of the Speciálník Codex. On the Dating and Structure of the Manuscript CZ–Pu VI C 20a.” Hudební věda 57, no. 4 (2020): 436–53.

Hlávková, Lenka. “Using the Past, Shaping the Present: Tracing the Tradition of Specific Polyphonic Repertories in Bohemian Utraquist Sources (c.1450–1540).” In Sounding the Past. Music as History and Memory, edited by Karl Kügle, 199–213. Turnhout: Brepols, 2020.

Philomathes, Wenceslaus. Musicorum libri quattuor, edited and translated by Martin Horyna. Prague: KLP, 2003.

Rumbold, Ian. Der Mensuralcodex St. Emmeram: Faksimile der Handschrift Clm 14274 der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2006.

Strohm, Reinhard. The Rise of European Music, 1380–1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Vlhová-Wörner, Hana, ed. Jistebnický kancionál. MS. Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, II C 7. Kritická edice. 2. svazek. Cantionale./ The Jistebnice Kancionál. MS. Prague, National Museum Library, II C 7. Critical Edition. Volume 2. Cantionale. 1st ed. Chomutov: Luboš Marek, 2019.

Ward, Tom R. “Polyphonic Music in Central Europe, c. 1300–c.1520.” In Music as Concept and Practice in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Reinhard Strohm and Bonnie J. Blackburn, The New Oxford History of Music 3.1, 191–243. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D. (10.12.2023)

Successful completion of the course requires regular attendance (minimum 70%), active participation in the discussion (assumes home preparation of readings), a final presentation on the selected topic (10 minutes) and submission of a written version of the presentation (maximum 5 pages). 

Last update: PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D. (10.12.2023)


- Czech Lands and Central Europe in current musicological discourse

- music at the University of Prague

- music in the service of Hussite ideas

- church councils as musical events and their echoes in Bohemia

- Latin schools and their function in contemporary musical life

- the Imperial court as a Central European musical centre

- Matthias Corvinus and music at his court

- the reception of European musical culture in Jagiellonian Bohemia

- the specifics of the musical culture of the Utraquist church

- Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz - the most popular composer in Bohemia in the 15th and 16th centuries

- musical sources of the 15th and early 16th centuries in relation to Bohemia

- musical genres cultivated in the Czech lands

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