Minna Hovi


Master of Music, Sibelius Academy, 2008 (harpsichord)

Master of Arts, University of Helsinki, 2009 (musicology)

Bachelor of Arts, Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, 2005 (harpsichord)


Tutkimus ja julkaisut


Minna Hovi: Tombeau fait à Paris – Encounters in 1652 Paris

Abstract of the written thesis

My doctoral research belongs to the field of music history and friendship studies. I examine the friendship of the two 17th-century composers and harpsichordists, Johann Jacob Froberger (1616–1667) and Louis Couperin (1626–1661), by using micro-history as a method. Some indications of friendship, such as musical quotations, have been identified in their music; however, no written documentation has been found.

During Froberger’s visit to Paris in 1652 the lutenist Blancrocher died suddenly. In my research Blancrocher’s sudden death creates a view of the surrounding culture, the political situation, and the social circles. In addition to the social context, I will examine Froberger and Couperin’s encounter by using examples of entanglements of art and friendship, mainly in the field of visual art and literature. The source material consists of compositions, archive material, memoires, and letters. The aim of the research is to draw a picture of the two composers' encounter from scattered documents, like a detective, which is Ginzburg's famous metaphor for a historian.