Background and activities

Professor for the history of music. Chair of IMS-Study Group Cantus Planus. Music, text, socio-political history from the Middle Ages to our time.


Dr. Roman Hankeln (*1965) is professor for medieval music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Since 2010 he presides the IMS study group Cantus Planus as chairman:

Hankeln leads the Norwegian research group of the international ‘Cultsymbols’ project. The project studies medieval plainchant as an element of early identity formation and was launched under the aegis of the Eurocores programme of the European Science Foundation:

Hankeln’s main research activities centre on text, musical structure, style and socio-political context of medieval liturgical vocal music. Hankeln received his academic education 1985–1991 at Regensburg University under David Hiley (PhD 1996, publ. 1999), and was his assistant during a research project about saints’ offices, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1996–1999).

Hankeln’s second main field of research is devoted to the German Lied and its poetry around 1800. His Habilitation (Weimar 2004, publ. 2011) centred on the composition of classical verse metres in lied-compositions of J. F. Reichardt, Ch. W. Gluck, and Ch. G. Neefe.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Hankeln, Roman. (2015) Chants from the Divine Office liturgy for St Liudger. Gregorian Chant in the Grey Collection (National Library of South Africa, Cape Town). Officium sancti Liudgeri


  • Hankeln, Roman. (2019) Officium sancti Mauritii sociorumque eius Thebaicae legionis (traditione Sedunensis ecclesiae). Institute of Mediæval Music. 2019. ISBN 978-1-926664-53-8.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Hiley, David; Pörnbacher, Mechthild; Czagany, Zsuzsa; Haggh, Barbara. (2016) Balther von Säckingen, Bischof von Speyer, Historia sancti Fridolini (ca. 970). 2016. ISBN 9781926664392.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haagh, Barbara; Czagany, Zsuzsa; Maurey, Yossi. (2014) Historia sancti Gatiani episcopi Turonensis. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2014. ISBN 9781926664262.
  • Czagany, Zsuza; Hankeln, Roman. (2013) Historia sancti Demetrii Thessalonicensis. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2013. ISBN 9781926664156.
  • Hiley, David; Berschin, Walter; Hankeln, Roman. (2013) Hermannus Contractus (1013-1054)Historia sancti Magni. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2013. ISBN 9781926664231.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haggh, Barbara; Czagany, Zsuzsa; Arnaud, Brigitte; Dennery, Annie. (2012) L'office de la couronne d'Épines à Sens. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2012. ISBN 9781926664118.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haggh, Barbara; Czagany, Zsuzsa; Tremp, Ernst; Berschin, Walter; Hiley, David. (2012) Historia sancti Galli circa 900. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2012. ISBN 9781926664156.
  • Hankeln, Roman. (2011) Kompositionsproblem Klassik: antikeorientierte Versmetren im Liedschaffen J. F. Reichardts und einiger Zeitgenossen. Böhlau. 2011. ISBN 978-3-412-20287-3.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Dobszay, László; Haggh, Barbara; Bezuidenhout, Morné. (2010) Historia sancti Ludgeri. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2010. ISBN 9781926664002.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haggh, Barbara; Dobszay, László. (2010) Historia sancti Stephani regis 1190-1270. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2010. ISBN 9781926664064.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haggh, Barbara; Dobszay, László; Bergsagel, John. (2010) The Offices and Masses of St. Knud Lavard (d. 1131). Institute of Mediæval Music. 2010. ISBN 9781926664026.
  • Hankeln, Roman; Haggh, Barbara; Dobszay, László; Brand, Benjamin. (2010) Historia sancti Reguli episcopi et martiris. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2010. ISBN 9781926664019.
  • Hankeln, Roman. (2009) Political plainchant? Music, text and historical context of medieval saints' offices. Institute of Mediæval Music. 2009. ISBN 9781896926971.