PhD defense Niels Berentsen

PhD defense

December 14 2016 (13.45)

On December 14th Niels Berentsen publicly defended his thesis in the Senaatskamer in the Academiegebouw in Leiden.

Niels’ project aims to expand our knowledge of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century polyphony, through music-historical scholarship as well as practical experiences. An in-depth investigation of the material remains of late medieval musical culture—compositions and theoretical writings about music—forms the basis for experiments with polyphonic improvisation above plainchants together with colleague-singers and students. The project has developed new ways of understanding late medieval polyphony, which are useful not only for teaching and analysis, but which may form a stimulus for contemporary performance practices of early music as well.

The supervising team consists of:

Prof. Frans de Ruiter
Prof. Gérard Geay
Stratton Bull
Dr. Fabrice Fitch