International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries

Nele Gabriëls

(b. 1977) studied musicology at the Catholic University of Leuven and at the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (University of London) (Lic. 1999). She also obtained her teaching diploma (Leuven, 2000) and studied classical guitar with Lex Eisenhardt at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam (2000-2003). In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in Musicology with a dissertation entitled 'Bourgeois Music Collecting in Mid Sixteenth-Century Bruges. The Creation of the Zeghere van Male Partbooks (Cambrai, Médiathèque Municipale, MSS 125-128)'. Prior to her doctoral research, she was involved as a researcher in an interdisciplinary research project of the K.U.Leuven on the Latin dedications of motet prints during the second half of the 16th century (2001-2005; supervised by I. Bossuyt and D. Sacré).

Since 2002, Dr. Gabriëls presented her work in various articles and in papers read at various international conferences. She was chief organiser of the well-received conference 'Music Sources in Private and Civic Contexts, c. 1480-1550' (Bruges, 2008). Dr. Gabriëls was the main editor of a critical edition of three-voice works by Jacobus Flori, guest editor of two issues of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation, and co-editor of amongst others the proceedings of the interdisciplinary conference 'The Splendour of Burgundy (1419-1482)' (Bruges 2009; to appear 2011). Between 2004 and 2005, she also acted as the content provider and organisational coordinator of the musical heritage festival 'Townscape – Soundscape / City Sounds from the 16th-Century Leuven' (3 October – 26 November 2005; Resonant vzw, in cooperation with Erfgoedcel/Heritage Centre Leuven), setting up an exhibition, a concert series, and various publications centred around Petrus Phalesius.

In 2010, Dr. Gabriëls was granted a postdoctoral research mandate by the Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds K.U.Leuven for her research project 'Towards a Typology of ‘Everyday Polyphony’: Tool and strategy development' (2011).

Research themes

• Source studies, including the history of the production of handwritten and printed books during the late renaissance period
• Urban musicology with strong focus on musical life in bourgeois circles during the sixteenth century
• Common compositional practice during the sixteenth century
• Music patronage during the sixteenth century
• Music printing in the Low Countries in the late sixteenth century, particularly Petrus Phalesius