Multipart Music

Multipart music represents one of the most fascinating phenomena in the European musical practices. It has therefore been a favoured object of research for a long time now, particularly in a national context. Regional studies which extend outside of political boundaries, are, however, rare and sporadic. But, as a rule, the regional and the political boundaries in Europe do not coincide. Thus an almost untouched area for investigations has emerged here. Following a detailed analysis in 2003, the establishment of a Research Centre for European Multipart Music as an international network of specialists seemed to have become more than necessary.

A thorough examination of the diverse European multipart music practices can only be made by concentrating on specific topics and areas. The investigations include up to now the following issues: Multipart Singing in the Balkans and the Mediterranean (EV I), Cultural Listening and Local Discourse in Multipart Singing Traditions in Europe (EV II), The Instrumentation and Instrumentalization of Sound (EV III), Multipart Instrumental Music. Soloist and Ensemble Traditions (EV IV) and Music for Dance (EV5).

Some of the results of the work carried out until now are published on this website to provide insights into this work and to obtain new impulses and suggestions from interested users.

Ardian Ahmedaja


Ardian Ahmedaja
Curriculum Vitae

(last update: June 2017)

Ardian Ahmedaja, Mag. art., PhD.
Senior Researcher

Born in Tiranë, Albania. 1983-1987 composition studies at the Academy of Arts in Tiranë. 1987-1991 composer at the State Theatre for Opera and Ballet and lecturer at the Academy of Arts.

Since 1991 in Vienna. Studied composition (wih Erich Urbanner) and the theory of music (with Diether de la Motte) at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna. Magister Artium in 1995 on the basis of treatises on Il primo libro di capricci (1624) by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Rendering (1990) by Luciano Berio. Studied European ethnology and musicology at the University of Vienna. PhD in 1999 based on the work Zur Melodik der albanischen Volkslieder. Eine Typologie der gegischen Lieder [On the Melody of Albanian Folk Songs. A Typology of Gegë Songs]).

Since 1999 researcher at the Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2003 initiated the establishment of the Research Centre for European Multipart Music ( Research areas up to now have been local practices in Albania and neighbouring countries, maqam, music and minorities, religious and secular musical practice, transcription and analysis, multipart music.

Fieldwork in several Balkan and Mediterranean countries, in the European Alpine region and in the USA.