From Fragmentary Sources to Musical Inventory: Musicological Challenges in the Making of the RELIT-Rom Catalogue

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Abstract

The project RELIT-Rom (IELT, NOVA FCSH) studies the creative
application of romance antigo, a literary genre related to the
Portuguese tradition between the 15th and 17th centuries that
echoes verses or parts of verses from epic-lyrical poems of medieval
origin. Many old novels were set to music and used in various
contexts of Portuguese and Iberian lyrical art: from the vihuela
books of Luís de Milán or Enrique de Valderrábano, to songbooks
like the Cancionero de Palacio or the Cancioneiro de Paris, there are
several musical versions of the novels, and their comparative
analysis is a valuable tool that can bring clues about the
dissemination, structure, and popularity of the genre, in its close
articulation between music and words. The main pillar of RELIT-Rom
is thus the elaboration of a philological and musicological catalogue,
which enables researchers to access this repertoire in a multiparameter
systematized way. However, the sources are often
incomplete, sometimes with only the text (as in the Cancioneiro de
Elvas), in other cases only a melodic voice with the indication that it
should be performed polyphonically, and frequently a musical
realization to which few words are added, without us knowing which
verses or versions of the romance would be associated with that
music. The fragmentary nature of the sources thus forces a series of
compromises and musicological decisions that are the subject of the
present communication, anchored in the survey of several dozen
romances in early modern Iberian music collections, with a view to
their systematic presentation to the scientific community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages19-20
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventLost & Found: Traces of Early Music. An International Colloquium on Fragmentology. - Cascais, Portugal
Duration: 19 Jul 202322 Jul 2023
https://sites.google.com/view/lostandfoundcolloquium

Conference

ConferenceLost & Found: Traces of Early Music. An International Colloquium on Fragmentology.
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityCascais
Period19/07/2322/07/23
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