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To be a musician in Portugal (1750-1985)

27.05.2023 to 30.07.2023 | NOVA FCSH | Colégio Almada Negreiros | Fencing Hall
Created within the scope of the research  PROFMUS - To be a musician in Portugal: the social and professional condition of musicians in Lisbon (1750-1985), the exhibition “TO BE A MUSICIAN IN PORTUGAL (1750 1985)” can be visited at Colégio Almada Negreiros (Fencing Room) between May 27th and July 10th, 2023, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Presented for the first time in 2022 at the Museu da Música Portuguesa – Casa Verdades de Faria (Monte Estoril), it is a second edition of a pioneering initiative based on a selection of documents and other pieces of considerable value and heritage interest from the historical archives of the Irmandade de Santa Cecília and of the Montepio Filarmónico, both located in the Basílica dos Mártires, and from the historical archive of the Musicians' Union, housed in the Museu da Música Portuguesa.


This exhibition allows the public to get in touch with the extraordinary documental wealth kept in these collections, which are an essential source for the history of musical life in Portugal between the end of the Ancien Régime, when there is a growth in the musical associativism of Portuguese musicians, until the integration of Portugal in the EEC (1985), and the consequent beginning of the free circulation of music professionals in the European labour market.


Documenting the way in which associations and musicians organized themselves professionally over this long period, aims to stimulate new insights into the conditions of everyday musical activity in Portugal, a rich historical and immaterial heritage that must be preserved and studied.


The exhibition "To be a Musician in Portugal (1750-1985)" was produced and curated by the researchers Cristina FernandesManuel Deniz Silva and Tiago Hora and is dedicated to the memory of the musicologist Francesco Esposito (1964-2020).


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