What Late Medieval Chant Manuscripts do to a Present-day Performer of Plainchant

Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Supervising team:
Prof. Frans de Ruiter (1st promotor), Prof. Ike de Loos (†, 1st promotor); Marcel Cobussen (co-promotor), Pieter Mannaerts (co-promotor), Dirk Snellings (†, co-promotor)
Musician type:
performance practice, plainchant, plainsong, voice
ancient music (before 13th century)



His research dives into the development, construction and creation of a present-day performance practice of late medieval plainchant, based partly on his work with the Belgian chant group Psallentes. 

The study focuses on sometimes very specific aspects of the performance of plainchant, relating to a rich and diverse body of chant manuscripts. Meanwhile, the constantly recurring personal storytelling draws a picture of research-acts as ingrained characteristics of the every day activities of a musician. The many challenges and obstacles faced when performing plainchant may turn into opportunities, where the performer fills in the blanks with ideas, colours and textures. He may even be tempted to draw outside the lines, countering any practical or historical constraints in a creative way.

Related events

December 15th, 2014 (13h45)

Hendrik Vanden Abeele's PhD Defense

On Monday December 15th 2014 at 13h45, at the Academiegebouw Leiden, Rapenburg 73, docARTES-PhD candidate Hendrik Vanden Abeele publicly defended his thesis What late medieval chant manuscripts do to a present-day performer of plainchant.

December 7, 14 & 15 2014 (17h15, 10h30)

Hendrik Vanden Abeele's PhD concerts and lectures

The artistic presentation of his doctoral dissertation, in the form of a concert with Ensemble Psallentes, took place on Sunday December 7th in the Lutherse Kerk, Hooglandse Kerkgracht 26, Leiden. This presentation comprised two concerts, the first one was titled 'Liquescens', the second one 'Sacrosancta Walburgis'.

On Sunday December 14th, another presentation took place, at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-kapel Elzenveld, Lange Gasthuisstraat 45 in Antwerp. The program was titled: 'Koningskind, a winter concert with Latin and middle-dutch music from the 11th until the 16th century'.

A lecture was given on December 15th at 10h30 at the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, The Hague.