Towards a Typology of ‘Everyday Polyphony’: Tool and strategy development
Supervisor: David Burn
Researcher: Nele Gabriëls
Duration: 01.01.2011 – 31.12.2011
Funding: Nele Gabriëls holds a postdoctoral research mandate from the Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds (Special Research Fund) K.U.Leuven.
Countless musicological studies have unearthed music that is not currently considered part of the musical canon. Yet, no attention has been paid to this ‘repertoire’ in general, nor have many of these works been studied in depth as they cannot yet be connected to the larger musicological discourse. Nevertheless, all of these compositions were at least considered worthy of inclusion in music manuscripts of prints, and their number was undoubtedly far greater than that of works which enjoyed great contemporary popularity or which are part of current musicological discourse. A thorough consideration of this vast repertoire’s overall presence and function in, and connection with the musical environment would contribute significantly to an increasingly balanced and realistic overall view of what 16th-century experiences of polyphony really were, and hence would improve insight into ‘everyday musical life’.
This project is an indispensable pre-trajectory to this end and will allow for an analytical as well as a socio-historic and contextual large-scale study at a later stage. Its specific aim is to develop a fundamental tool and strategy to allow a dynamic delineation of this ‘repertoire’ as a precondition for this large-scale study. It will consider the question of defining ‘everyday polyphony’ based on a test-case of the Low Countries c. 1500-1578. Additionally, it will provide a first application of data-analysis in scrutinizing the evolution of the share which this ‘everyday polyphony’ has within the polyphonic landscape of the Low Countries.