Klemen Grabnar, PhD

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8579-9306

  • PhD in Musicology
  • General editor of the journal De musica disserenda
  • Leader of the Slovenian RISM (Répertoire international des sources musicales) working group
  • Member of the editorial board of the series Slovenska glasbena dediščina (Slovenian Musical Heritage)
  • Member of the editorial board of the series Monumenta artis musicae Sloveniae (main series and Supplementa)
  • Member of the RILM (Répertoire international de littérature musicale) National Committee of Slovenia
  • Member of the programme committee of early music concerts HARMONIA CONCERTANS – Stara glasba na Novem trgu




liturgical musical repertoire of the Slovenian Lands in the long sixteenth century, liturgical plainchant, music education to c. 1630, music and Catholic Reformation, migration of musical repertory, music manuscripts, polychorality, musical borrowing.

ZRC SAZU Research Grant (2015: Odense, Denmark; Kassel, Germany; Florence, Italy)
The Student Prešeren Award of Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana (2009)

Critical editions:


5 most relevant articles/chapters in the last 5 years (2015–2020):

  • “Traces of Counter-Reformation music in the Slovenian lands”. Arti musices 49, no. 2 (2018): 303–317. https://dx.doi.org/10.21857/ygjwrcjkey.
  • “Pietro Antonio Bianco’s Missa Percussit Saul mille: A Precursor of the Habsburg Imperial musica politica of the Seventeenth Century”. De musica disserenda 13 (2017): 119–132. https://doi.org/10.3986/dmd13.1-2.05.
  • “So gornjegrajski rokopisni zvezki nastali na Kranjskem?” [Are the manuscript volumes from Gornji Grad of Carniola origin?]. Muzikološki zbornik 53, no. 1 (2017): 55–79. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.53.1.55-79.
  • “The ‘Litaniarum liber’ (SI-Lnr, Ms 344): Transmission of Musical Litanies from Graz to the Duchy of Carniola”. In Music Migration in the Early Modern Age: Centres and Peripheries; People, Works, Styles, Paths of Dissemination and Influence, edited by Jolanta Guzy-Pasiak and Aneta Markuszewska, 183–197. Warsaw: Liber Pro Arte, 2016. http://www.ispan.pl/music-migration.pdf-17283.
  • “From Graz to Ljubljana? Towards Discovery of the Origin of the Hren Choirbooks”. De musica disserenda 11 (2015): 211–227. https://doi.org/10.3986/dmd11.1-2.13.


5 most relevant earlier articles/chapters:

  • “Odnos med posvetnim in sakralnim v drugi polovici 16. stoletja na primeru maš Nasce la pena mia Bartolomea Spontoneja in Costanza Antegnatija” [Secular and sacred in the second half of the sixteenth century: the case of masses Nasce la pena mia of Bartolomeo Spontone and Costanzo Antegnati]. Muzikološki zbornik/Musicological Annual 50, no. 2 (2014): 181–198. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.50.2.181-198.
  • “Pričevanja o glasbi v šolskih ustanovah” [Music in educational institutions]. In Zgodovina glasbe na Slovenskem, vol. 1, Glasba na Slovenskem do konca 16. stoletja [History of music in Slovenia, Vol. 1, From the beginnings to the end of the sixteenth century], by Jurij Snoj, 409–426. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2012. https://books.google.si/books?printsec=frontcover&id=3ECh-2Y7ysUC#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  • Missa Je ne menge point de porc: nekaj misli ob Lassovi uporabi Sermisyjeve šansone” [Missa Je ne menge point de porc: reflections on Lasso’s use of Sermisy’s chanson]. De musica disserenda 8, no. 2 (2012): 109–122. https://doi.org/10.3986/dmd08.2.06.
  • “Glasbeno izobraževanje v ljubljanskih šolah v drugi polovici 16. in na začetku 17. stoletja” [Music edication in schools in Ljubljana in the second half of the sixteenth century and early seventeenth century]. De musica disserenda 7, no. 2 (2011): 63–73. https://doi.org/10.3986/dmd07.2.05.
  • “Skupne fraze v traktih osmega modusa: poskus razlage tvorjenja gregorijanskih melodij” [Standard phrases in eighth-mode tracts: an attempt at explaining the formation of Gregorian melodies]. De musica disserenda 5, no. 2 (2009): 25–44. https://doi.org/10.3986/dmd05.2.02.
Music migrations in the early modern age: the meeting of the European East, West and South (01. september 2013 - 31. august 2016)
Old traditions in new vestments: Musical and textual reworkings in the performing practices of liturgical music (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2019 - 30. june 2022)
Researches in the History of Music in Slovenia (research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)
Digital Presentation of the Long-Sixteenth-Century Church Music Connected to Carniola (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. september 2020 - 31. august 2023)
Aesthetics behind the concert life of Ljubljana in the 19th century: 1794-1872 (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. may 2009 - 30. april 2012)

Klemen Grabnar graduated in musicology at the University of Ljubljana in 2009. In the same year, he has been engaged at the Institute first as an expert associate, then as a young researcher to work on his PhD dissertation. In late 2015 he completed his PhD at the University of Ljubljana with a dissertation on parody or imitation masses in Hren choirbooks. Since 2016 he is a research fellow at the Institute of Musicology where his work is focused primarily on the liturgical music in Inner Austria in the second half of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He has wide-ranging interests in other periods of music history as well as other subject areas (see Research area, above), including the Digital Humanities (especially music encoding).

Klemen has made several study visits (e.g. Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance, Florence, Italy; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany; Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; and Universitätsbibliothek Graz, Austria) and regularly presents his findings at international musicological conferences. Since 2019 he is a research mentor, supervising a PhD student.

He is a member of the Slovenian Musicological Society (from 2017 member of the executive committee of the Society), International Musicological Society and American Musicological Society.

Research areas
Musicology H320