Multipart Singing in Europe: Historical Trajectories and Current Perspectives
International Colloquium
Portel / Alentejo (Portugal), October 4 – 6, 2007

The City Hall of Portel and the Regional Directorate of Culture in Alentejo hosted an international colloquium in Portel from October 4 to 6 (2007) that was organized in collaboration with the Instituto de Etnomusicologia (INET-MD), under the scientific coordination of Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco. Several INET-MD researchers presented papers and chaired sessions in the colloquium: Susana Sardo, Susana Moreno Fernández, Maria do Rosário Pestana
and Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco.

Using a multidisciplinary perspective, the colloquium analyzed multipart singing in Alentejo and in other European contexts, focusing on: the geographical distribution of multipart singing in Europe; the historical trajectories of local traditions; the aesthetics, politics, social and musical organization of selected traditions; the relationship between music and text patrimonialization; music change; the resignification of performance practice; and the role of mediators (local collectors, rehearsal masters. etc.).
A report about this event will be published in the online Bulletin of INET-MD, nº1. A book in Portuguese and English containing expanded versions of the papers will be published in 2008.


Câmara Municipal de Portel, Direcção Regional da Cultura do Alentejo

Scientific Coordination
Instituto de Etnomusicologia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Conservatório Regional de Beja, Câmaras, MODA, instituições científicas

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