Musicological research is at the heart of the Palazzetto Bru Zane’s work.
It has two goals:
- to draw attention to little-known works by famous composers such as Bizet, Gounod, Massenet, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, etc.
- to restore to favour composers whose works are rarely played live, such as Onslow, Alkan, Godard, Dubois, David and many others.
The musicological work is done in collaboration with music schools, universities and international research centres. These endeavours, punctuated with symposia and seminars, also focus on musicology-related areas such as art history, organology, literature, and performing arts.
A great part of the collected documentation is made available on the digital resources website Bru Zane Mediabase, which offers extensive information on nineteenth-century French musical heritage. It features presentation notes (on people, works and themes), downloadable research papers, and visual or literary documents, often taken from the digitized and indexed archive collection.
Several priority research projects take the form of editorial work followed by concerts and recordings, particularly the music composed in the context of the Prix de Rome, the light repertoire of opéra-comique and operetta, and also more traditional genres such as concertos, symphonies, religious music and opera.