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Karl Kügle

Professor Karl Kügle, Senior Research Fellow in Music

Oxford Faculty of Music
(The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities)

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Professor Karl Kügle, Senior Research Fellow in Music, Wadham College

Karl Kügle is Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Music and Principal Investigator of the MALMECC project ( as well as Professor of Musicology (History of Music before 1800) at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Following studies of piano performance (Hochschule für Musik Munich, Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, The Juilliard School) and historical musicology (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, New York University), Karl Kügle has held posts at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Mainz (Germany), The University of Hong Kong, and Utrecht University (Netherlands) where he retains an appointment as Professor in the History of Music before 1800. His main research interest is the study of  European music cultures of the late medieval period (c. 1250-1450), with a particular focus on the role of manuscript culture in music, interaction between social ritual and music in courtly life, and sound and music in the context of the Christian liturgy.

Karl Kügle held visiting professorships at the Universities of Chicago (2002), Melbourne (2003), and Cambridge (2013), and was Christensen Visiting Fellow at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford (Trinity term 2014) as well as Senior Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in 2014-2015. He served as Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong (2004-2010), Head of the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University (2011-2013), and President of the Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands (KVNM), the oldest musicological society in the world (2009-2014). He was elected Member of the Academia Europaea in 2012. Next to the ERC-funded MALMECC project, he is project leader of the SoundMe project, a HERA-funded consortium of five research teams in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK jointly investigating the role of music of the past in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Selected publications

"Ic hadde een lief vercoren…: Muzikale erotiek in de Gruuthuseliederen [Ic hadde een lief vercoren… (A sweetheart I had chosen…): Musical Eroticism in the Gruuthuse Songs].” Het Gruuthusehandschrift: Literatuur, muziek, devotie rond 1400 [The Gruuthuse Manuscript: Literature, Music, Devotion around 1400]. Ed. by Frank Willaert, Jos Koldeweij and Johan Oosterman. Ghent: Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, 2015, 111-26

"Conceptualizing and Experiencing Music (ca. 500–1500)". Medieval Culture - A Handbook:  Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages. Ed. by Albrecht Classen.  Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2015, 1184-1204

"Textual Culture Shock, or: The Making and Remaking of (Early) Music ‘Philology’." Early Music Editing: Principles, Historiography, Future Directions. Ed. by Theodor Dumitrescu, Karl Kügle, and Marnix van Berchum. Épitome musical. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013, 9-19.

"Studien für Klavier: Variationen über ein Thema von Niccolò Paganini a-moll, Op. 35." Johannes Brahms: Interpretationen seiner Werke. Ed. by Claus Bockmaier and Siegfried Mauser. 2 vols. Laaber: Laaber-Verlag, 2013, 233-41.

"Glorious Sounds for a Holy Warrior: New Light on Codex Turin J.II.9." Journal of the American Musicological Society 65:2012, 637-90.

Borderline Areas in Fourteenth and Fifteenth-Century Music/ Grenzbereiche in der Musik des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts. Ed. With L. Welker. Musicological Studies and Documents 55. Münster and Middleton, Wisconsin: American Institute of Musicology, 2009. xii +253 pp.

"Two Abbots and a Rotulus: New Light on Brussels 19606." Quomodo cantabimus canticum? Studies in Honor of Edward H. Roesner. Ed. by David Butler Cannata, Gabriela Ilnitchi Currie, Rena Charnin Mueller and John Louis Nádas. Miscellanea 7.Middleton, Wisconsin: American Institute of Musicology, 2008, 145-85.