Polifonia: a digital harmoniser for musical heritage knowledge

Responsable pour IReMus: 
Porteur du projet: 
Valentina Presutti

The University of Bologna (Italian: Alma mater studiorum – Università di Bologna, UNIBO)
The Open University (UK)
King's College London (UK)
The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway; Irish: OÉ Gaillimh)
MiC – the Italian Ministry of Culture
The French National Centre for Scientific Research (French: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS)
The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (French: [Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers]; CNAM)
The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision (Dutch: Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld & Geluid, or short, Beeld & Geluid)
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, abbreviated: KNAW)
Digital Paths (IT)


Nature du projet: 

From the soundscape of Italian historical bells, to the influence of French operas on traditional Dutch music, European cultural heritage hides a goldmine of unknown encounters, influences and practices that can transport us to experience the past, understand the music we love, and imagine the soundtrack of our future. Polifonia will organise this journey by using ten pilot use cases as drivers, addressing preservation, management, study, and interaction with musical heritage.
Polifonia is a 3M€ project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme that will run from January 2021 until April 2024 to recreate the connections between music, people, places and events from the sixteenth century to the modern day. These findings will be available to everyone as an interconnected global database on the web – a knowledge graph – and will enhance our understanding of European musical heritage.

The Polifonia consortium is an interdisciplinary team of passionate researchers and music lovers: computer scientists, anthropologists and ethnomusicologists, historians of music, linguists, musical heritage archivists, cataloguers and administrators, and creative professionals.

Polifonia in numbers

  • Budget: 3,046,154 €
  • 10 Partners
  • 40 Months
  • 374 Person/Months
  • 8 Work Packages
  • 45 Tasks
  • 10 pilots
  • 58 deliverables
  • 4 Milestones
  • 5 Objectives

L’IReMus participates into the project Polifonia as: 

1/ Responsible of the general coordination and of the socio-technical roadmap – Work Package 1 (WP1) (Leader: Christophe Guillotel-Nothmann)
2/ Responsible of the pilot TONALITIES (Leader: Christophe Guillotel-Nothmann)

Other participants

Félix Poullet-Pagès



Nous contacter

Institut de recherche en Musicologie (UMR 8223)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Quai François Mauriac
75706 PARIS
Secrétariat : +33(0) 1 53 79 37 10
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Sorbonne Université
Centre Univ. Clignancourt
salle 524 (informatique), bureau 531 (direction)

2, rue Francis de Croisset 75018 PARIS
Tél : +33 1 53 09 56 00

Centre Sorbonne
Salle Pirro
1, rue Victor Cousin 75005 PARIS
Tél : +33 1 40 46 22 11

Maison de la recherche
Salle 312 et 313
28, rue Serpente 75006 PARIS
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