Charles V Coronation

This project explores performance as a means of understanding how medieval and early modern music originally functioned and how it reflects the cultures that created it. It will examine the 1530 coronation mass of Charles V, which legitimized his rule as political leader of the Christian world and signified the unification of the Germanic and Burgundian realms of his Habsburg father and the Spanish territory of his Trastámara mother.

Through artistic recreations of the performance in contexts of the past—in musical transcription, sound recording, artwork, and architecture—the project promises a fuller understanding of the meanings this event held for its original creators and audiences.

Charles V

Pope Clement VII crowns Charles V in San Petronio in Bologna (detail,1556 - 1562) by Giorgio Vasari, Palazzo Vecchio, via Wikimedia Commons.

UConn Collaborators:

  1. Ryan Freeland / Greenhouse Studios Graduate Assistant, Digital Media & Design Department
  2. Tim Miller / Greenhouse Studios Mellon Design Fellow
  3. Rebecca Niland / Undergraduate Researcher, Digital Media & Design Department
  4. Dan Pejril / Assistant Professor in Residence, Digital Media & Design Department
  5. Brianna Riccardone / Undergraduate Researcher, Digital Media & Design Department
  6. Eric Rice / Associate Professor of Music History, Music Department
  7. Tom Scheinfeldt / Director, Greenhouse Studios
  8. Michael Young / Art and Design Librarian, UConn Library Research & Curriculum Department