Bias or Factuality? Music in Majestic Representation and Public State Ceremonies in Late 18th Century Portugal, as Seen by German Travellers

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Abstract

In the second half of the 18th century, travels to Portugal increased significantly, partly due to the military movements provoked by the peninsular wars, partly because of the curiosity that the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and subsequent reconstruction of the city had aroused, partly because of scientific expeditions, and partly due to the emerging popularization of travelling and tourism among the middle class. The thus resulting travelogues contain precious elements which help us better understand and characterize the musical and cultural practices of the time. However, their use requires a careful contextualization, as well as the identification of several typical filters and meta-discourses that, quite often, might have little to do with the observed reality. In this article, we will consider a group of German travelogues – which have traditionally been, by far, the least studied by Portuguese musicology – to examine, using a three-layer-analysis methodological approach (extra-discursive, intra-discursive and identity/alterity), how Portuguese music, and particularly the one related to majestic representation and public State ceremonies, was apprehended by German travellers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Design, Music and Arts II
Subtitle of host publication8th International Meeting of Research in Music, Arts and Design, EIMAD 2022, July 7–9, 2022
EditorsDaniel Raposo, João Neves, Ricardo Silva, Luísa Correia Castilho, Rui Dias
PublisherSpringer Intrnational
Pages587–602
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-09659-4, 978-3-031-09658-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2022
Event8th EIMAD – International Meeting of Research in Music, Art and Design (EIMAD2022) - IPCB, Castelo Branco, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jul 20229 Jul 2022
https://eimad.ipcb.pt/

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Design and Innovation

Conference

Conference8th EIMAD – International Meeting of Research in Music, Art and Design (EIMAD2022)
Abbreviated titleEIMAD
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityCastelo Branco
Period7/07/229/07/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • Travelogues
  • Portuguese music
  • State ceremonies
  • Majestic representation
  • Late eighteenth century

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