Musicology contributes substantially to the cultural memory of the nation and of humankind at large.

The primary objective of the research group Musicology is the study of music and of its cultural meanings in any period or culture. 

Research projects

Our research traditionally emphasises the history of music in the medieval and Renaissance period, and the history of music in the Low Countries and The Netherlands up to the present day. Recently, the interrelationship of music and media has been added as a third research area.

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Sextet (1768), artist Louis-Michel van Loo - Wikimedia Commons

Music and institutions

Musicologists contribute to the strategic theme Institutions through their research involving the complex institutions that make up the cultural infrastructure of music, from princely courts and the various religious communities, to opera houses, music publishers, recording, film, and television companies, to the makers of the sounds used in the most recent videogames.

Music, citizenship and human rights

Through the study of music and its relationship to other areas of human culture and identity, musicologists contribute to the focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights.

Music and games

As the term 'to play music' illustrates, music always has a ludic component, and musicologists therefore are also fundamentally involved with the focus area Game Research, in particular the role of music in contemporary digital media.

Areas of expertise: history of music | Middle Ages | Renaissance | Baroque | 21st century | Low Countries and The Netherlands | interrelationship of music and media | digital | opera | film | theatre | videogames