Hendrik Vanden Abeele Doctoral Degree

On Monday 15 December at 13.45 p.m., at the Academiegebouw Leiden, Rapenburg 73, docARTES-PhD candidate Hendrik Vanden Abeele will publicly defend his thesis:

What late medieval chant manuscripts do to a present-day performer of plainchant

The artistic presentation, in the form of a concert with Ensemble Psallentes, will take place on Sunday 7 December in the Lutherse Kerk, Hooglandse Kerkgracht 26, Leiden.  This presentation will comprise two concerts, the first one, titled “Liquescens” starts at 15.00 p.m., the second one, titled ‘Sacrosancta Walburgis’, starts at 17.15 p.m..

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

A lecture will be given on December 15th at 10.30 a.m. at the Royal Conservatoire, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, The Hague.


This book is witness to Hendrik Vanden Abeele’s research 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.

The supervising team consists of:

Prof. Frans de Ruiter - promotor - Universiteit Leiden
Dr. Ike de Loos †
Dr. Marcel Cobussen - co-promotor - Universiteit Leiden
Dr. Pieter Mannaerts - co-promotor - Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent
Dirk Snellings †

Last Modified: 14-11-2014