The Communication Between Musicology and Digital Libraries in Particular for Contemporary Music

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Musicology is a relatively recent discipline that borrows from other disciplines as acoustics, psychology, philology, sociology, anthropology, and library science, the methods, techniques, and terminology, so it is seen as a deeply interdisciplinary discipline. However the musicologist is simultaneously a listener and a composer, since analysing a musical piece implies "rewriting" it. This is particularly difficult for contemporary music, since this kind of music does not rely only in the score. Contemporary music may involve several components as scores, scripts (containing scenic elements or other specific indications), audio, slides, texts, or other documentation. In order to complete the analysis of a contemporary music work, the musicologist needs to access several tools from Digital Libraries: graphical representations (scores, sonograms, or formal schemes); audio or symbolic representations (MIDI, computerized description of the score, and so forth). Digital Libraries provide musicologists with knowledge from bibliographical references, scores, or audio, but do not cover the musicologist purpose, since the information is still not systematic, so the communication system should be improved. Digital Libraries, through virtual collaborative spaces, should combine, inquire, store, and re-use different knowledge representations, this would help not only musicologists, but also the research community, aiming to enrich their scientific communication. In this paper we will address some music-theatre works that include tape recordings, composed by Constança Capdeville, whose collection is currently stored at the Portuguese National Library, aiming to understand what documentation strategy do we need to develop/adapt to improve their access, so that such works can be represented again.
Period16 Nov 2018
Event titleBISA 2018 - British & Irish Sound Archives conference 2018
Event typeConference
LocationAberysthwyth, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Musicology
  • Digital Libraries
  • Contemporary Music
  • Constança Capdeville
  • Scientific Communication
  • Documentation