Welcome to Polifonia

Playing the soundtrack of our history

From the soundscape of Italian historical bells, to the influence of French operas on traditional Dutch music, European cultural heritage hides a goldmine of unknown encounters, influences and practices that can transport us to experience the past, understand the music we love, and imagine the soundtrack of our future. Polifonia will organise this journey by using ten pilot use cases as drivers, addressing preservation, management, study, and interaction with musical heritage.


Polifonia makes this happen by building novel ways of inspecting, representing, and interacting with digital content.


Memory institutions, scholars, and citizens will be able to navigate, explore, and discover multiple perspectives and stories about European Musical Heritage.

Project Timeline

Jan. 2024 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 3 (citizens)

Final release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Project products are ready for reuse by developers and scholars and for supporting promotion to the wider public.

Mar. 2023 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 2 (scholars)

Second release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Polifonia digital artistic installation released. Project products are ready for reuse by developers and scholars.

May 2024 – Project end

Apr. 2022 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 1 (devs)

First release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Project products are ready for reuse by developers. Stakeholder network created.

Jun. 2021 – Project iterative live cycle kicked-off

Call for stakeholder network is out. Pilots started. Ecosystem publishing infrastructure configured and ready to use.

Jan. 21st, 2021 – Project Kick-off

Polifonia is a 3M€ project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. It will run until April 2024.

Pilots

The history of pipe organs is rich and diverse, and highly interrelated to economic, religious and artistic contexts. Currently, the information about building practices and characteristics of ~2000 Dutch…

Bell structures are widespread both in urban and rural areas. They contribute to the distinctive shape of a landscape, to defining its soundscape and play as markers of daily, festive and ritual times.…

In order to answer research questions, musical heritage scholars need to combine diverse datasets (music scores, audiovisual materials, metadata) from European digital music libraries and audiovisual archives.…

Music libraries currently lacks well-founded information retrieval tools. This pilot will design a faceted search engine (FSE) for music score collections, supporting explorations and discovery of scores…

The modal-tonal organisation of Western music is decisive for its inner coherence, its dramatic plot and, ultimately, for its artistic meaning. This pilot develops tools for the modal-tonal identification,…

The digital music collection of the Meertens Instituut (Amsterdam) includes thousands of melodies from Dutch popular culture, spanning a period of more than five centuries. To trace possible international…

Music has always played a central role in the city of Bologna. Nevertheless, its musical heritage is only partly known and enjoyed compared to its full potential. This pilot will create multilingual (English,…

This pilot will build a knowledge graph of the historical experience of music in childhood, using life writing (letters, diaries, memoirs, travel writing) and other historical texts as sources for adult…

This pilot focuses on supporting music historians and teachers by providing a Web tool that enables the exploration and visualisation of encounters between people in the musical world in Europe from c.1800…

The aim of this use case is to co-design, develop and evaluate wearable haptic technology to enable people who are Deaf or hearing impaired to engage as audience members in live performances.

Recent News

“Better knowing European (musical) heritage is crucial for strengthening the awareness of European citizens”, Dr. V. Presutti

‘Polifonia’ is a very interesting name for this project. Why did you choose it?   All…

4 February 2021
Dr. van Kranenburg talks about Polifonia in podcast series of Historisch Café Amsterdam

Peter van Kranenburg, expert musicologist and computer scientist, was a guest at the new podcast series…

12 April 2021
Aperitivo with AI: Modular design patterns for systems that learn and reason

Alma Mater Research Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence is hosting an online talk by…

6 April 2021
Dr. Gurrieri gives information about key work in WP1

To translate each pilot’s needs into technical specifications, the CNRS-IReMus team has set up the WP1…

24 March 2021
Prolific musicologist Marco Gurrieri joins the Polifonia project at the IReMus

Marco Gurrieri has recently joined the Polifonia team of the Institut de Recherche en Musicologie as…

19 March 2021
Dr Meroño Peñuela shares insights on first session with the MEI Linked Data Interest Group

On 9th February, some members of Polifonia joined a collaborative writing session with the MEI Linked…

15 March 2021
Talented PhD candidate Tiange Zhu is on board

The Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers welcomes Tiange Zhu to conduct a PhD research funded…

12 March 2021
‘Share your knowledge, teach if you can, and learn as much as possible, because we will need it’, Dr. Daquino

What is your expertise and role in Polifonia?After a master’s in history, I learnt coding and, since…

8 March 2021
PhD Vacancy tied to Polifonia, Application Deadline 31 March

Open University invites applicants for a funded PhD research:   PhD Topic: “Knowledge Graphs…

3 March 2021

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 101004746