The Medieval and Renaissance Music Lab

The Medieval and Renaissance Music Lab was established in December 2020 by rector Hanna Kostrzewska, PhD, DSc, ProfTit and is operating within the Chair of Historical Performance Practices. Its originator and founder is Maria Banaszkiewicz-Bryła, PhD, DSc, ProfTit – the head of the Chair.

The activity of the Lab is focused on the didactic-educational and artistic-scientific areas. It is aimed at broadening of knowledge and improvement of practice in the art of playing the lute and other instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as broadly understood performance of early music.

The Lab’s tasks also include: organizing courses, conferences, scientific and scientific-artistic sessions, recordings, festivals and concerts, as well as creating scientific publications in collaboration with the Paderewski Academy of Music Press. The activities are aimed at developing the technique of playing instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with particular emphasis on lute instruments, as well as at broadening the knowledge and educating staff and students of the Academy in the field of historically informed performance. Work is also planned on editing and developing source musical note materials for educational, scientific and popularizing purposes, as well as translating important texts related to early music, which have not yet found their way into Polish language.

The projects include collaboration with pedagogues, artists and ensembles both from Poland and abroad. The proposed scope of research includes:

  • vocal music (chorale, polyphonic music, songs),
  • instrumental music (compositions for plucked string instruments, compositions for wind instruments),
  • historiographic research: catalogs of compositions, iconographic catalogs, catalogs of theoretical issues (poetry, literature).
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