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The ‘Portuguese Early Music Database’ presents a one-day workshop on IBERIAN MUSICAL FRAGMENTS

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The ‘Portuguese Early Music Database’ presents a one-day workshop on IBERIAN MUSICAL FRAGMENTS

Time: June 1, 2018 all day
Location: NOVA University of Lisbon
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Elsa De Luca
Latest Activity: May 19, 2018

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9.45-10.00                  Opening Remarks Manuel Pedro Ferreira (CESEM–NOVA University)

10.00-10.45                 Changes in Aquitanian notation in Spanish Plainchant Sources: Taxonomy and Peculiarities Santiago Ruiz Torres (Universidade de Salamanca)

10.45-11.30                 An Overview on Castilian Polyphonic Fragments Nuria Torres (Universidad de Valladolid)

11.45-12.30                 Problems encountered in the identification of Portuguese medieval liturgical fragments: a case study João Pedro d’Alvarenga (CESEM–NOVA University)


12-30 – 14.00              LUNCH


14.00-14.45                 The Notation of the Portuguese Plainchant Fragments from Braga and Guimarães (12th14th cent.) Elsa De Luca (CESEM–NOVA University)

15.00-16.30                 Workshop

16.30-16.45                 Closing remarks Manuel Pedro Ferreira



A thorough analysis of the improvisatory models of the villancicos of Luis Milán and their applicability in the reconstitution of vihuela accompaniment parts

Rui Araujo and Nuno Raimundo (CESEM–NOVA University of Lisbon)


This workshop is in two parts. Firstly, the four speakers will present several examples of Spanish and Portuguese musical fragments dating from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries and discuss their musical and codicological characteristics. In the second part the participants will be actively involved in the identification and description of the contents of some unstudied musical fragments belonging to a private collector who has kindly allowed us to include photos of them within the Portuguese Early Music Database (


The Portuguese Early Music Database is an ongoing research project which aims to digitize musical manuscripts of plainchant and polyphony written before c. 1650 and make them freely available online for consultation.  Currently the PEM database includes reproductions of ca 15% of the manuscripts we have digitised so far and we are seeking new collaborators willing to study for the first time the contents of these sources or to focus on some of the features (such as the decoration, palaeography, liturgy etc.) of the manuscripts already indexed in PEM in greater detail.

The workshop’s goals are to:

  • provide the participants with some of the basic knowledge and guidelines they need in order to make inventories of the musical contents of different types of Iberian musical fragments dating from the tenth to the sixteenth centuries;
  • encourage new collaborations and partnerships with the PEM Database.


The morning session will be held in Sala Multiusos 2, Edificio I&D, Av. de Berna 26, 1050-099 Lisbon

The afternoon session and the lecture-performance will be held in the Auditorium 001, Torre A, FCSH, Av. de Berna 26 C, 1069-061 Lisbon



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