History of Portuguese Music


a) To acquire knowledge on the historical processes related to music in Portugal from the Middle Ages to the present in relation to the socio-cultural context of each period.
b) To get to know the main primary sources, the bibliography and the discography available to study the History of Music in Portugal;
c) To have contact with research projects devoted to aspects of Portuguese music;
d) To be able to identify asethetic trends, personalities, institutions and musical repertoires;
e) To build bases for a critical analysis of concepts of periodization and historical contexts and for the study of the processes of music production and reception in Portugal.


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Responsible teacher

Manuel Pinto Deniz Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

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COSTA, Jorge (coord.) (2015). Olhares sobre a história da música em Portugal. Vila do Conde: Verso da História.
BRANCO, J. F. (2005). História da Música Portuguesa. Lisboa: Europa-América.
BRITO, M. C. & CYMBRON, L. (1992). História da Música Portuguesa. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
CASTELO-BRANCO, S. (dir.) (2010). Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX, 4 vols. (ed. INET-MD da Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Lisboa: Temas e Debates/Círculo de Leitores.
FEREIRA, M. P. (2009). Antologia de Música em Portugal na Idade Média e no Renascimento, 2 vols. Lisboa: CESEM/Arte das Musas.
NERY, R. V. & CASTRO, P. F. (1991). História da Música - Sínteses da Cultura Portuguesa. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda.
VIEIRA, E. (1900). Dicionário biográfico de músicos portugueses, 2 vols. Lisboa, Lambertini; (2007) Lisboa, Arquimedes Livros, ed. fac. (consulta pontual).

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - Participation and one individual research project (30%), Two written tests (35% + 35%)(70%)

Subject matter

1. Brief overview of Portuguese musical historiography. Portuguese music in the European and Peninsular contexts.
2. Sources for the study of medieval sacred music. Iberian 'troubadour' repertoires.
3. Musical life from 14th to 16th centuries. The Royal Chapel and the polyphonic 'schools'.
4. The rule of the Philips. The main centres of musical activity for sacred polyphony. Secular and instrumental music in 16th and 17th centuries.
5. The Italianization of musical activity during the reign of João V. Church music, opera, instrumental and domestic music in the 18th century.
6. The hegemony of Italian opera in the 19th century; religious music; music education; concert societies; the reaction to Italianism in the late 19th century.
7. Impressionist, nationalist, neoclassical and neoromantic tendencies during the first half of the 20th century.
8. The internationalization of musical life in the post-War years. The avant-garde composers.
9. Music in Portugal in the early 21st century.


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