Collegium Musicum 1


Encourage and maintain explicit the union between musical performance and theoretical musicology; demonstrate, theoretically and practically, that performance and interpretation must be supported by musical analysis and the knowledge of historical and social context and style; analyse, discuss and experiment different stylistic approaches in early music interpretation, with the necessary theoretical support; encourage excellence in musical performance, through the musicality, the vivacity and the maximum exploration of interpretation possibilities; encourage and develop critical opinion in the appreciation of musical interpretation.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alberto José Vieira Pacheco


Weekly - 4

Total - 84

Teaching language





COOK, Nicholas, Music, performance, meaning: Selected Essays, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007
COOK, Nicholas, Rethinking music, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999
DONINGTON, Robert, The Interpretation of Music, London, Faber, 1989
HARNONCOURT, Nikolaus, Le Discours Musical, Paris, Galimard, 1982
RINK, John, The practice of performance: Studies in musical interpretation, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995
HILL, Peter, “From score to sound”, in Rink, John (ed.), Musical Performance – a Guide to Understanding, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002
PINNOCK, Trevor, “Reflexions of a “pioneer”” in Rink, John (ed.), Musical Performance – a Guide to Understanding, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - everal tests and written texts; continuous evaluation.(100%)

Subject matter

Vocal technique. Vocal / instrumental music ensemble performance: vocal and instrumental works performance of diverse stylistic periods, making connections between interpretation and musical analysis (global structure, harmonic organisation, melodic contour, etc.) and between interpretation and historical - social context and style. If possible works of renaissance, baroque, classical and romantic periods, and from XXth and XXIth centuries will be rehearsed. The final choice depends of the students´ previous vocal and choral experience.
Musical interpretation introductory studies, through the discussion of important texts about musical performance; establishment of performance – interpretation criteria.


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