MALMECC

The international project  'Music And Late Medieval European Court Cultures' (MALMECC) is an interdisciplinary research group funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and leader by some researches of the University of Oxford. Nevertheless the team is composed of musicologists from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Slovakia and Poland.

The main goal of this research group is to investigate the role of music in the European court culture in the late Middle Ages,  not only in royal courts, but also in many others spaces and institutions. To achieve this, some members investigate on royal (or rather, imperial) entourages, like that of Frederick III of Hasburg. However, these analyzes are enriched by the study of 'other courts' such as that of archbishops of Salzburg, the aristocratic connections observed in the Royal Monastery of Las Huelgas, the entourages of the French nobility in the 14th-century (including the Cardinals of Avignon during the papal stay), the court of Amadeo VIII of Savoy and his wife, Princess Ana of Cyprus, and the musical chapel of Felipa de Hainault. The group studies and analyzes visual culture in the manuscripts; the connection between sound and court space; the relationship between politics and music; the emotional symbolism of certain compositions; gender issues, or the "versionality" (the possibility of modifying) of the courtly song from an analytical and procedural perspective.

The result of all this is an important research effort that has been reflected in numerous publications, attendance at congresses, as well as the organization of own symposia to initiate the group. All this and much can be found on its website.