• PhD in Musicology
  • Leader of the Slovenian RISM working group


Research interests

Research area: liturgical musical repertoire of the Slovenian Lands c. 1600, music education to c. 1630, liturgical plainchant.

Research Interests
As a PhD student Klemen Grabnar worked on the theme Parody Masses in Hren’s Choirbooks (SI-Lnr Mss 339–343) from the early seventeenth century dealing with both locally present and more or less widely disseminated international sacred music repertoire. The choirbooks were compiled in Graz by Georg Kuglmann and were probably intended for the needs of the Graz Court Chapel. During the first decades of the seventeenth century they came into possession of the then Prince-Bishop of Ljubljana, Thomas Chrön ([Tomaž Hren] Bishop during the years 1597–1630). The composers represented were for the most part either Italian or Flemish, active – at least for a while in their career – in the area of Catholic south Germany or Austrian hereditary lands (including the present-day Republic of Slovenia). Their names range from highly regarded sixteenth and early seventeenth-century masters (e.g. Orlando di Lasso, Philippe de Monte and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina) to completely unknown Kleinmeister (e.g. Hieronimus de Sayve).
Klemen Grabnar has wide-ranging interests in other periods of music history as well as other subject areas, nearly all dealing with migration of musical repertoire or musicians from sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.

Other Engagements
He is the leader of the Slovenian RISM Working Group based at the Institute of Musicology.
He is also a member of the:

  • RILM (Répertoire international de littérature musicale) National Committee of Slovenia,
  • editorial board of the series Slovenska glasbena dediščina [Slovenian Musical Heritage] – a first e-series of scientific publications (with commentaries and accompanying texts) of the sources of Slovenian musical heritage,
  • editorial board of the series Monumenta artis musicae Sloveniae (main series and Supplementa) – critical academic publications of the monuments of Slovenian music,
  • editorial board of the journal De musica disserenda.
Selected publications
  • ‘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.
  • Izbrana dela iz Hrenovih kornih knjig / Selected Works from the Hren Choirbooks. Vol. 1, Annibale Perini, Missa Benedicte omnia opera Domini & Pietro Antonio Bianco, Missa Percussit Saul mille. Monumenta artis musicae Sloveniae, 62. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2017.
  • ‘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, ed. Jolanta Guzy-Pasiak and Aneta Markuszewska, 183–197. Warsaw: Liber Pro Arte, 2016.
  • ‘From Graz to Ljubljana? Towards Discovery of the Origin of the Hren Choirbooks.’ De musica disserenda 11, no. 1–2 (2015): 211–227.
  • ‘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.
  • ‘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.
  • 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.
  • ‘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.


All publications (COBISS) >>
Selected projects

Researches in the History of Music in Slovenia (research program • 1 January 201531 December 2020)

Music migrations in the early modern age: the meeting of the European East, West and South (1 September 201331 August 2016)

Curriculum Vitae

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 at the turn of the seventeenth century. Klemen has made several study visits (e.g. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany and Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy) and regularly presents his findings at international musicological conferences.

Research areas

Musicology H320 

Recognitions & awards

The Student Prešeren Award of Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana (2009)