Lars Berglund

Professor at Department of Musicology

+46 18 471 15 66
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H
Postal address:
Box 633
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am Professor of Musicology and I teach and supervise in most areas of the discipline even if my own research is mostly focused on historical perspectives and music analysis.

Presently, I work on the circulation, reception and use if Italian music in Northern Europe in the seventeenth century, and with a digitization project concerned with eighteenth-century manuscripts in Swedish collections.


In my research I work specifically with seventeenth-century music history. I try to combine music analysis in the hermeneutic tradition with philology, historical anthropology and the history of ideas. I also take interest in reception history.

I am PI for the following research projects:

"Translatio musicae: French and Italian Music in Northern Europe, c. 1650–1730" (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2019-2022), in collaboration with Maria Schildt.

Music at Court and University During Sweden’s Age of Liberty (1718-1772): a digitization and database project (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2020-2022), in collaboration with Maria Schildt and Jonas Lundblad.

Kyrkomusik i Sverige, från medeltid till nutid (Church Music in Sweden, from the Middle Ages to Present Day), a book project supported by Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien, the Swedish Church, Birgit and Sven Håkan Ohlsson's foundation and Riksantikvarieämbetet.

2012-2017 I was the PI of a research network financed by STINT, "Musical-cultural exchange in Early Modern Europe 1550-1750", together with Royal Holloway, London University and Bach Archiv, Universität Leipzig. 2014-17 i was PI for the project "The Royal Swedish court collection of French music from 1690-1726".

I am also a member of the following research networks:

  • TraDiMus (Tracking the Dissemination of Italian Music; Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, Venice)
  • "Shared Histories of Italian Opera in the Nordic Countries", NOS-HS
  • "The Mandolin in Naples in the second half of 18th Century" (Bologna, Uppsala, Naples)

Apart from the early modern period I have also worked on art music and aesthetic debates in Sweden after the 2nd world war. I am also interested in the human voice, vocal performances and performativity.


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