A Non-Governmental Organisation in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO
Multipart music represents one of the most fascinating phenomena in numerous local musical cultures in Europe. It can be defined as follows:
Multipart music is a specific mode of music making and expressive behaviour based on the intentionally distinct and coordinated participation in the performing act by sharing knowledge and shaping values.
Multipart music has therefore been a favoured object of research for a long time, particularly in the national framework. Regional studies, which extend beyond political boundaries, are, however, rare and sporadic.
Therefore a network of researchers, many of them ICTM members, is working since 2003 focusing on multipart music traditions in Europe in the framework of the “Research Centre of European Multipart Music” established at the Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology of the Vienna University of Music.
The works of this Centre served as basis upon which we were able to draw during the negotiations with the ICTM Board for the establishing of a Study Group on Multipart Music. The board reached a positive decision on the formation of the group in July 2009 after the ICTM World Conference in Durban, South Africa.
An ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music is of a great help to extend the existing network and our views on multipart music traditions worldwide, by means of research, documentation, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study, intending a tight collaboration with local singers and musicians also in the scholarly discussion processes.
Our Study Group shall promote multipart music through research, documentation, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study and shall provide a forum for cooperation among scholars and students of multipart music by means of international meetings, publications and correspondence, intending a tight collaboration with local singers and musicians also in the discussion processes. The Study Group may undertake such projects as are in support of its stated objectives, including, but not limited to, organization of Study Group symposia, and formation of sub-study groups.
Links to works by members of the Study Group:
-- Ignazio Macchiarella, ed, Multipart Music: a Specific Mode of Musical Thinking, Expressive Behaviour and Sound. Nota, Udine 2012, 506 p. (ISBN 9788861630925) http://www.multipartmusic.org/multipartmusic/node/4
-- Jean-Jacques Castéret, La polyphonie dans les Pyrénées gasconnes. Tradition, évolution, résilience, L’Harmattan, Anthopologies et musique, Paris, 2012, 367 p. (ISBN 978-2-336-00821-9) http://www.multipartmusic.org/multipartmusic/node/2
How can creative processes in multipart music making be recognized? How do the acts of performance, interpretation and local discourse give shape to them? How can individual, collective and collaborative dimensions, which are so essential for multipart music practices, be defined in this context? How and to what extent do they determine transmission processes?
Dealing with these and other questions emerging from the elaboration of diverse investigation tools, the aim is to initiate a discussion on local and global understandings of musical creativity, exploring various methodologies and theoretical approaches.
THEME: Multipart music as a specific mode of musical thinking, expressive behaviour and sound.
Concepts and viewpoints on multipart music and its perception are often questioned and redefined in the scholarly research. The manifold worldviews of the resource persons, as holders and presenters of a tradition with their specific musical and cultural aesthetics and vocabularies as well as particularities of performance practices, identity policies, the social and emotional dimensions as specific bodies of knowledge embedded in power relations make the matter more complex.