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Ecclesiastical music funds of the Slovenian coastal towns

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.08.00  Humanities  Musicology   

Code Science Field
H320  Humanities  Musicology 
national music heritage; early music on the Slovenian territory; music manuscripts and prints form the 16th to the 19th centuries; ecclesiastical music funds; Koper, Izola and Piran; analysis of the repertoire; institutional music funds; electronic databases
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17894  Božidara Frelih  Musicology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  147 
2.  31215  PhD Klemen Grabnar  Musicology  Technical associate  2009 - 2010  122 
3.  13137  PhD Metoda Kokole  Musicology  Head  2007 - 2010  427 
4.  09622  PhD Jurij Snoj  Musicology  Researcher  2007 - 2010  299 
5.  27509  PhD Katarina Šter  Humanities  Junior researcher  2007 - 2010  421 
6.  29393  PhD Maruša Zupančič  Musicology  Junior researcher  2009 - 2010  69 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,124 
The value and importance of the preserved earlier music heritage, especially sacred, now kept in different cultural and above all ecclesiastical institutions of the Slovenian coastal towns of Koper/Capodistria, Izola/Isola and Piran/Pirano has been already positively ascertained especially through the results of an earlier research project "Music sources from the 16th to the 18th centuries with special attention to the archives in the Slovenian region of Primorska" (L6-3122), expired in June 2004. The rich material that was recorded and generally assessed, and which consists – due to known historical reasons – mostly of sacred music, needs now to be minutely registered within the general register of all earlier Slovenian music heritage. The elaborate electronic register includes detailed information on all musical and extra-musical elements of each processed composition, in manuscript or printed form (only early prints). The new methodology, supported by the latest informational technologies, enables comparison of different musical elements and structures among all entered compositions and through comparison of music incipits (coded leading melodies), entered in the world census, also identification of anonymous authors. The register will be completed with yet unrecorded music manuscripts and early prints, accounted for only recently. The Slovenian register is automatically included in the world-wide electronic catalogue of earlier music sources: Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM Series A/I, A/II and B/IV), which guarantees the proposed project an international dimension. Simultaneously with this main task specific research activities will be carried out by foremost specialist members of the research group: study of earliest parchment music codices from the 14th to the 16th centuries, analysis of the repertoire and authors of the collections of 17th century prints in Koper and Piran, researches into compositions and activities of the foremost composers present with their works in coastal archives, as for example Giovanni Antonio Rigatti (c. 1613–1648) and Capodistrian composer Antonio Tarsia (1643–1722), as well as authors connected with the compositional style of the latter: Giovanni Legrenzi, Giovanni Battisti Bassani etc.
Significance for science
The electronic method of documenting musical materials enables an extension of methodological instruments of musicological research on the basis of comparison of different musical elements and structures, through comparison of incipits entered in the world census as well as identification of anonymous authors. Such a methodology, in addition to the analysis of the musical repertoire, brings further new results of research, also of interest to European musicology, such as international interaction among musicians, those responsible for musical works and the musical works themselves in the Central European regions. The results of the musicological research obtained by means of relevant modern methods of comparative multi-layer analysis, will enable new interpretations of the musical culture in Slovenia or the position of Slovene musical work in the European cultural context and its re-evaluation.
Significance for the country
The importance of musicological research of the early-music sources in Slovenia is always twofold: it is of national and international significance. On the one hand such research gives clues to the questions about national (cultural) identity; on the other it contributes towards the integration of Slovenian musical heritage into the Central-European and also wider European musical and cultural history. For the development of Slovenian historical musicology and its research of national musical heritage, as well as for the systematic preservation of this heritage, at the present moment the development of a thorough and complete system of recording these musical sources, supported by up-to-date information technologies is a necessary prerequisite and is of vital importance. New information technologies enable not only faster, but above all more exact and multiple-layered research, based on comparative methods for research of the structural elements within a well-designed meta-data model. The project was completed by the detailed electronic cataloguing of all early music manuscripts kept in three locations in Koper (Diocesan Archives, Central Library Srečko Vilhar and Regional archives of Koper). The project group worked with a top, professionally designed international information system (Kallisto) and so enriched the National Register of Early Music Manuscripts with nearly 850 new entries. The informatisation of data on music heritage is nowadays of basic importance for the preservation of Slovenian cultural heritage. The register of all collections of sacred music now preserved in the Slovenian coastal town of Koper together with the analysis of music repertoire realised within this project are significant contributions to the all-Slovenian national programme of securing and advertising the national music and cultural heritage. The research of music repertoire and its analytical assessment were led together with the catalogisation of all extant sources in Koper into the international RISM database (the catalogue is now available freely: http://opac.rism.info). The research went from general to more and more specialised topics, such as analytical comparisons of music works by specific works by outstanding local composers or those written for practical needs in local church institutions on the now Slovenian coast. Especially assessed were works by Giovanni Antonio Rigatti from the 17th century and Giacomo Genzo of the 19th century. Researched was a prominent collection of manuscript copies of all kinds of sacred music performed by the local composer from Koper Antonio Tarsia. Forwarded was a hypothesis on possible impact these works might have had on his own music compositions. New was the analysis of a rather prominent number of music dialogues preserved in three 17th-century prints in Koper and drawn parallels with the 1660 Dialogo by Antonio Tarsia. New are also unearthed details on lives of Tarsia and Giacomo Genzo, both strongly connected with the music chapel of the Cathedral in Koper.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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