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Shaping text, Shaping melody, Shaping experience in and through the Old Hispanic office

Objective

Scholars have neglected Iberia’s early-medieval Christian liturgy, reflecting the insurmountable difficulties the non-pitch-readable music notation presents for conventional methodologies. This project’s trans-disciplinary methodology integrates the study of melody and text across the Old Hispanic liturgy for the first time. With theologians and musicologists, I will explore the potential the Old Hispanic chants had for promoting a particular religious experience within an almost-forgotten liturgy. Together, we will bring the many-layered and cross-referential Old Hispanic approach to text choice, musical punctuation and melodic pacing explicitly to the attention of modern composers, encouraging them to explore compositional processes that evoke similar spiritual responses. The composers will act as a communicative channel between the pure scholarship demanded by the Old Hispanic material, and contemporary concert audiences and congregations. We will produce a team-authored book, several peer-reviewed articles, a series of publicly performed compositions, an EU-workshop and an International Festival of new music inspired by the project findings. The Old Hispanic liturgy is one of the musical, intellectual and theological jewels of our European cultural heritage, and this project will give a wide audience a holistic understanding of its richness.

Call for proposal

ERC-2012-StG_20111124
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 458 658
Principal investigator
Emma Hornby (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Philip Norman (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 458 658
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Emma Hornby (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Philip Norman (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 000
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Mrs.)