Cultural studies, Musicology, Library Studies

The research group Cultural Studies, Musicology & Library Studies covers scholarly research in historical musicology carried out by musicologists and music theorists as well as historians and musicians. 

First, there is significant attention for the own patrimony and the disclosing of the rich historical collection of the library of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel under the direction of head librarian Johan Eeckeloo. Furthermore, the research group focuses on the study of the music history of Brussels and Flanders in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and this on (1) individual composers such as Paul Gilson and Victor Legley; (2) the institutional context of musical life such as the history of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (including the library and a number of instrument classes), of the Belgian public broadcasting network (the NIR/INR, BRT, VRT) with its orchestral landscape, and of the Koninklijke Muntschouwburg; (3) genres such as Flemish radio plays.

In 2021, a research cluster on music and language was also established, focusing mainly on the word-tone relationship in vocal music. In a first phase the group will focus on the Second Viennese School and in a second phase this will evolve to French vocal music of the fin-de-siècle. 


Coordinator: Christine Van Den Buys

Culturele studies, Musicologie, Bibliotheek