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Objectives

  • To develop a Cultural Studies perspective in the research on "art music" in Portugal and Brazil from the 16th century up to the present;
  • To study musical ideas, genres and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective, including a wide range of approaches, such as Cultural History, Sociology, Anthropology and Musical Analysis;
  • To carry out field and archival research on the music heritage and contemporary processes in Portugal and Brazil, focusing on a wide range of resources: historical and contemporary documents, scores, theoretical treatises, literary sources, iconography, recordings and audiovisual materials;
  • To develop outreach activities aimed at the general public.

 

 

Priorities

  • The main Portuguese musical institutions and its repertoires from the 16th century up to the present;
  • History of musical ideas in Portugal and Brazil from the Old Regime to modernity;
  • Music in Portugal during the Old Regime, with a special focus on the royal and private patronage, the ceremonial models and the production and circulation of repertoires;
  • Musical sociabilities in public and domestic spaces and the interaction between art, traditional and urban popular music,
  • “Music and State”, focusing on the relations between Portuguese musical life and the creation and evolution of the State’s cultural policies, with two main areas: Music and the representation of royal power during the Old Regime and Music and politics during the Estado Novo;
  • The social and professional status of musicians and its transformations;
  • The history of musical genres in correlation with their contexts and performance practices, in coordination with the thematic line “Historical Approaches to Musical Performance”;
  • The impact of the introduction and dissemination of technological mediation in Portuguese music (theatre, phonography, radio, cinema) in conjunction with the thematic line “Music and Media”.