Research projects


  • Aristotelianism in Venetian Opera (Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schulze). The project is dedicated to the aesthetic foundations of opera in a period (ca. 1637-1670) that is formative for the genre as a whole and to this day. The aim is to create a counterweight to the common narrative that sees the libretti of a few members of the so-called Accademia degli incogniti as decisive for the development of opera as an independent and enduringly effective genre, and instead to focus on the work of other librettists such as Giovanni Faustini or Nicolò Minato and their implementation of Aristotelian aesthetics. Opera is thus not constructed as an elitist project of a few members of the Venetian upper class, but rather as a genuinely democratic genre whose form of discourse can still be of profound significance for society today. The aim of the project is to publish a monograph on the subject.
  • Edition project Claudio Monteverdi, Il lamento d’Arianna (Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schulze). Together with Sara Elisa Stangalino: Publication of an edition of both the surviving monodic version of the lament and the sacred contrafact of the “Pianto della Madonna”, as well as the madrigal version from the 6th book of madrigals. Published by Bärenreiter.
  • Sacred chants in the area between Lake Como and Lake Constance in the age of the Counter-Reformation (in development) (Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schulze).
    The project aims to create methodological foundations for researching the music and music-making practices of groups that are historically underrepresented in the musicological narrative and to test them in practical application using case studies.
  • Folk Collection Haid (Mag. Evelyn Fink-Mennel, MAS). The Haid Folk Collection, kept in the library of our university, is being scientifically researched and is considered an important collection of folk music in the Alemannic language area. It includes materials on the “folk movement” of the 1970s and 1980s in the Alemannic language regions of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. Originally created by Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Haid and Prof. Dr. Hans Haid, the collection contains books, magazines, recordings and more, including LPs by international artists. In addition to this collection, there is also a considerable stock from Gerlinde Haid’s private library on the folk music of the Alpine countries. The Haid Folk Collection thus offers a unique documentation of the Austrian folk movement and serves as a basis for scientific research on this subject. The unique selling point of this folk collection is its international orientation and the unique materials on the Austrian folk movement, which are rarely found in this scope. In contrast to the extensively researched German folk movement from the 1960s onwards, the Austrian movement from the 1970s onwards has only been dealt with superficially to date.
  • Edition project Claudio Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schulze). As principal editor, together with Nicola Badolato (libretto), Robert Michael Anderson, José Barnett Jr, Holly K. Cassell, Juliana Emanski, Nicholas Guiliano, Emily Hagen, Joy S. Hague, Adam Nunzio La Spata, Kája Lill, Kenneth R. Lovern, Brandon K. McDannald, Sean Morrison, Kevin Pearce, Michael Lance Russell, E. Justin Simone, Emily M. Smith, Joseph A. Turner and Andrew Vagts. Critical edition of Claudio Monteverdi’s last opera, published by Bärenreiter in 2017.
  • Edition project Claudio Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine (Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schulze). As principal editor, together with Clare Carrasco, Kimary Fick, Emily Hagen, Devin Iler, Sean Morrison, J. Cole Ritchie, Jonathan Sauceda, Brendon Stewart, AnnaGrace Strange and Charles Wu. Critical edition of Claudio Monteverdi’s Marienvesper, published by Bärenreiter in 2013.