The Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences



The Institute of Musicology (Ústav hudobnej vedy) was founded in 1943 under the name Musicological Institute (Hudobnovedný ústav), among the first research workplaces of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Arts (Slovenská akadémia vied a umení, 1942 – 1953). In 1951 its name was changed to Institute of Musicology and it became part of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovenská akadémia vied) as one of its founding workplaces. Between 1973 and 1990, the Institute temporarily came under The Institute of Research on Art, SAS (Umenovedný ústav SAV) as the Musicology Section (Sekcia hudobnej vedy). In 1990 it became independent and renewed under its original name Ústav hudobnej vedy Slovenskej akadémie vied.

Former directors of the Institute include Zdenko Nováček (1951 – 1956), Jozef Kresánek (1956 – 1964), Ladislav Burlas (1964 – 1988), Richard Rybarič (1988 – 1989), Pavol Polák (1989 – 1990), Oskár Elschek (1990 – 1997), Juraj Lexmann (1997 – 2009). The present director is Hana Urbancová (2009 – ).

In the past, the Institute of Musicology published the yearly periodical Hudobnovedný sborník (1953 – 1954, two volumes), continued as Hudobnovedné štúdie (1955 – 1966, seven volumes). Since 1969, the Institute has published the journal Musicologica Slovaca, between 1992 and 2008 under the extended title Musicologica Slovaca et Europaea, since 2010 renewed under the original name. Since 1993, the journal Ethnomusicologicum, revue pre etnomuzikológiu a etnochoreológiu has been published non-periodically. Between 1993 and 2003, the Institute has collaborated with Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Universität Hamburg on publishing the international journal Systematische Musikwissenschaft / Systematic Musicology / Musicologie Systématique.

Role of the partner: The partner contributes to the project with the results of long years of research on the history of the Bratislava Stadttheater. In addition to a series of publications, the partner has initiated the elaboration of a database on the theatre’s daily programme (1886-1920). In the planned cooperation could provide a common basis for the methodology of the data processing, publication of the database.

Previous cooperation with project partner: Jana Laslavikova’s dissertation (defended in 2009) on the Stadttheater from Bratislava (1886–1920) is based on an exhaustive source research and contains data, such as the complete overview of the activity of the directors of the Bratislava Hungarian and German theatres. Since then several studies have been published and a database of theatrical programmes had been initiated.

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Jana Laslavikova, PhD, Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Her PhD thesis and her work at the Institute of Musicology belongs to the research topic of the project.

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