The publication was prepared as conference book of the homonymous scientific workshop held in Bratislava on 24 October 2017 within the frame of the bilateral project of international cooperation between the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The goal of the publication is a presentation of part of updated results of research on medieval musical culture in Central Europe, with the aim of supporting a coordinated and systematic international research. The publication includes articles from 4 countries (Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) focusing on the oldest fragmentarily preserved materials from Bohemia (Jana Vozková), from Slovenia (Jurij Snoj), and from Slovakia (Janka Bednáriková), transregional identified fragments (Zsusza Czagány, Gabriella Gilányi), specific contents (Rastislav Adamko, Eva Veselovská, Rastislav Luz), and Modern Age sources based on medieval liturgical tradition (Ágnes Papp).
The publication Catalogus fragmentorum cum notis musicis medii aevi e civitate Trenchini updated knowledge of interdisciplinary researches on the oldest sources of musical culture in the territory of Slovakia. The monograph is the sixth volume of the Catalogus fragmentorum cum notis musicis medii aevi in Slovacia edition, published by the Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences since 2008. The work is in English language. It treats the medieval fragments from the State Archive of Trenčín – preserved as upper bindings of municipal protocols. The publication contains a detailed analysis and evaluation of precious liturgical manuscripts from the 14th century up to the beginning of the 16th century (11 antiphonaries, 8 graduals, 1 breviary, and 1 missal). The sources are processed as complex interdisciplinary studies (historical assumptions, codicological-palaeographical analysis, musical-palaeographical analysis, musical-liturgical analysis) integrated by a catalogue of manuscripts in Latin language. All preserved materials witness the musical heritage of liturgical chant – cantus planus.
The aim of the publication is to present the contribution of ethnomusicologist and folklorist Soňa Burlasová (b. 1927) to the research of Slovak folk singing in a form of representative selection of her articles. The publication consists from 14 studies which map basic research orientation of this author from the view of research themes, methodology and chronology. Studies are ranked in six blocks (song genres, regional styles, ethnic minorities and folk singing, bearers of tradition and the role of a personality, new song creation, folk song in interethnic context). Publication contains studies originated in the period 1964 – 1990. Hana Urbancová, as the editor of publication, compiled articles being published in various journals and volumes in Slovakia and abroad, to one comprehensive monograph.
The scholarly biography of the pianist, composer and writer Stephanie Wurmbrand-Stuppach, born Vrabély, resulted from the long-lasting source research. It is the first book monograph covering life and work of little known exponent of the Slovak and Central-European history of music of the second half of the 19th century. It brings rich new information regarding her biography, exhaustive stylistic and semantic analysis and fresh evaluation of the musical and literary work of the artist, including the transcription of part of preserved correspondence, as well as a register of her musical and literary work with a reference regarding their deposition. Musical and semantic context of her work is presented in a revealing way on the background of autobiographical elements and extra-musical stimuli. The composer’s creative focus and position in the society have been examined also from the aspect of gender and with the respect to period social conventions and lifestyle of the bourgeoisie and nobility. Due to its complex approach, explication and processing of the subject the monograph represents a significant contribution to the cognition of personalities of musical culture.
The fifth volume of the Catalogus fragmentorum cum notis musicis medii aevi in Slovacia edition is the new publication, which aims at making the oldest sources of music culture from the Slovak area more accessible, features the oldest music culture sources from the city of Kežmarok (German: Kesmark/Käsmark, Hungarian: Késmárk, Polish: Kieżmark, Latin: Kesmarkium). 36 medieval manuscripts originate from different types of liturgical books (Antiphoner, Breviary, Gradual, Missal, Sequentiale, Cantionale) dating from the 12 – 15th century. The last volume brings new notions for the history of culture of medieval Hungary as well as unique findings of preserved sources from the Slovak territory (Spiš) and from foreign territories (Germany, Poland, Bohemia, Moravia, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands – Belgium). The publication is in German, Latin + Slovak Résumé).
The monography brings an analytical wiew of three authors on the melodies from chosen Slovak and German hymnological sources of 17th and 18th century. In the foreground are the bonds of this material to the development of the oral tradition of catholic and lutheran church singing in Slovakia. The catalog of 261 melody incipits of the hymns from hymnbooks of Eliáš Mlynárových, Ján Glosius and Anton Ernest Kopp from Banská Štiavnica, which was processed by Zlatica Kendrová, is also included in the book. The last chapter contains the incipits of czech hymns from 20 Slovak manuscripts from 1657-1809, which have been not taken over to hymnbooks Cantus Catholici and Cithara Sanctorum. The autor of this chapter, Peter Ruščin adds also the edition of 126 melodies to Czech hymns from Slovak manuscripts, which are mostly different from the tunes to the same texts in the Czech sources.
The publication The Musical Sources of Spis / Zips and Central Europe contains studies on current issues of contemporary musicological research of musical sources, focusing on the Spiš/Zips manuscripts in the context of the Central European musical and cultural area. The publication is based on contributions of the international musicological conference “Sources of Renaissance and Baroque Music in Spiš and in Europe” (Svätý Jur, 2016), devoted to Polish, German and Slovak historical sources of various types: theoretical tracts, hymnological sources, pastorals, tablature books (for lute, for organ). These are supplemented by analyses of the sources from the 20th century, which provide new knowledge to the history of the musical life of selected Slovak cities (Bratislava, Prešov). Studies are published in English or German.
The Monograph by Eva Veselovská, Rastislav Adamko, and Janka Bednáriková summarizes the key findings and conclusions of the analysis of valuable medieval manuscripts dating from the period of late 9th to early 16th century. The publication represents the first comprehensive summary of medieval music culture sources from the territory of Slovakia.
In this monograph, Hana Urbancová continues the outline of Slovak folkloristics and ethnomusicology, a historical summary of which first appeared in the 1960s. Using five problem areas as examples, the author discusses thematic and methodological issues dominating the field’s development in Slovakia since the late 19th century to present times.
The second number of 2016 offers a historical study by Eva Szórádová (a continuation of her previous research on piano culture in Bratislava 1770 – 1830) and another by Eva Veselovská on the Buda/Bratislava Antiphonary III. Ethnomusicological studies by Miriam Timková and Kristina Lomen introduce, respectively, the song repertoire of traditional singer Eva Studeničová from the notes of Karol Plicka, and traditional songs of women in Stará Pazova, Vojvodina.