The building of the RCH Institute for Musicology will be closed between November 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 due to technical reasons. The staff of the Institute can be reached by email. Thank you for your understanding!


This closure only concerns the Institute itself, the Museum of Music History is still open from 10:00 to 16:00 every day, except for Mondays.

Medieval collection of chants


One vital condition for plainchant research that began in the 1960s and 1970s was to prepare the source material. This meant obtaining microfilm copies, or transcribing those in original medieval neumatic notation into modern musical writing to ease research. Systematic transcription was done genre by genre partly for publication reasons (Melodiarium Hungariae Medii Aevi I; Antiphons, Responsories), and partly to allow the sources to be appreciated as a whole.