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Welcome to the website of the research centre Musica Rudolphina, initiated by the Association for Central European Cultural Studies in collaboration with the Department of Musicology of the Charles University Faculty of Arts in Prague in connection with the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of Emperor Rudolf II Habsburg (18 July 1552 – 20 January 1612). The inspiration for this centre was the belief that the reign of this Emperor, who was also King of Bohemia and Hungary, Duke of Austria, etc., is one of the highlights of the development of European culture, including education and the arts.

  • The centre brings together profesional musicologists and students interested in study of music and musical culture associated with the court of Emperor Rudolf II, working at their home institutions in various countries, both within and outside Europe. Their collaboration consists mainly in exchange of information, consultation concerning the manner of its publication, and coordination of research topics. Participation in the project is completely voluntary and the number of participants is not limited.
  • Just as the scope of the cultural activities of Emperor Rudolf II and his court was wide, this project, too, crosses over the borders of just one country. It is based in Prague – the city where Emperor Rudolf II lived and worked for the longest part of his life.
  • The ambition of this research centre is to gradually summarize and make accessible on its website all important printed and manuscript sources (via “Links”) and literature, including published editions of music (via “Bibliography”) related to Rudolfine musical culture, while also striving to list all recordings of Rudolfine music (“Discography”). It also continually provides up-to-date information related to the activities of the collaborators and the main topic of their common interest. The participants in the project also seek to initiate new endeavours related to Rudolfine musical culture, especially through their own research, publishing ("Publications"), and interpretive work, but also through student seminar papers at their home schools and other places of work.
  • As its long-term ambition, the center aims to offer a comprehensive treatment of musical culture of the Rudolfine court, including its extension into the middle class of the countries ruled by Rudolf II. For further information click here.

The research centre is developped within an international team of specialists led by prof. PhDr. Petr Danek, Ph.D. Its members are:

Jan Bata, Ph.D. (Association for Central European Cultural Studies / Department of Musicology of Charles University in Prague)
Jan Bilwachs (Department of Musicology of Charles University in Prague)
Magdalena Dostalova (Department of Musicology of Masaryk University Brno)
Scott Lee Edwards, Ph.D. (Universität Wien)
Ferran Escrivà-Llorca, Ph.D. (Universitat Politécnica de Valencia)
Sarka Forgacova (Association for Central European Cultural Studies)
Klemen Grabnar (Muzikološki inštitut, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti)
Prof. Dr. Markus Grassl (Institut für Analyse, Theorie und Geschichte der Musik – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien)
Adriana Gresova-Sekelska, Ph.D. (Music Centre Slovakia)
Laura Mathilde Louise Hafner, M.A. (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Erika Supria Honisch, Ph.D. (State University of New York-Stony Brook)
doc. Martin Horyna, Ph.D. (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Education, Department of Music)
Prof. Marta Hulkova, Ph.D. (Depertment of Musicology of Comenius University in Bratislava)
Jan Kouba (Prague)
Jiri K. Kroupa (Association for Central European Cultural Studies)
Christian Leitmeir, Ph.D. (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford)
Vladimír Manas, Ph.D. (Department of Musicology of Masaryk University Brno)
Peter Martincek, Ph.D. (Music Theory Department of The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava)
Bernhard Rainer, Ph.D. (Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice – University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)
Alanna Ropchock Tierno, Ph.D. (Shenandoah university)
Miloslav Student (Association for Central European Cultural Studies / Department of Musicology of Masaryk University Brno)
Hana Studenicova, Ph.D. (Institute of Musicology, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava)
Hana Tilmannova (Department of Musicology of Charles University in Prague)
Prof. Stanislav Tuksar, Ph.D. (Muzička akademija Sveučilište u Zagrebu)
Michaela Zackova Rossi, Ph.D. (Association for Central European Cultural Studies)

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