In memoriam of Dr Ulrike Hascher-Burger

Dr. Ulrike Hascher-Burger
Dr Ulrike Hascher-Burger

Musicologist Dr Ulrike Hascher-Burger died on 21 April 2020, aged 64. She was a leading expert in the vernacular and Latin-texted song culture of the Modern Devotion, and its cultural context. An area of particular interest – and the topic of her 2002 doctoral dissertation, supervised by Kees Vellekoop - was the cultivation of song among female communities of the Modern Devotion. An affiliated researcher with ICON since 2007, she created a large database dedicated to music manuscripts of the Modern Devotion, Musica devota, providing easy access to sources that otherwise could be consulted only with great difficulty due to their wide geographic distribution. 

International collaborations

Her high reputation as a scholar led to collaborations with important international projects, most recently the HERA-funded multinational research consortium Sound Memories (, 2016-2019) where she was co-Principal Investigator of the Utrecht team. She kept close contact with performers, leading to numerous concert and CD productions with ensembles like Cercamon, Ensemble devotio moderna, Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, and Trigon, and greatly enjoyed giving lectures to the general public. Deeply passionate about her research, she generously shared her work with colleagues and students alike in scholarly meetings, informal conversations, and her own website.

President of KVNM

From 2015 to 2019, she served as President of the Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands (KVNM), the oldest musicological association in the world (founded in 1868). She was the first female to hold this office.

Our sympathies go out to her husband and family. She will be remembered with gratitude.

See also the commemorative video for Ulrike created by early-career scholars from the Sound Memories team.