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Curricular Unit: Music Streams in Portugal II
Code: LCM019
Cientific Area: Musical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

> To promote the knowledge of instrumental and vocal repertoires of the periods in study, stimulating individual awareness of Portuguese music andits aesthetic, formal and stylistic positioning in the Iberian and international contexts;

> To encourage the study of works belonging to different instrumental or vocal genres, departing from the most relevant musicological research and interpretive records;

> To stimulate a critical view regarding the repertoire originated in Portugal in the 20th and 21th centuries, aiming at a greater integration of Portuguese musical works in the artistic life of students, whether in recital or concert.


1. – Tradition and modernity in the search for new creative horizons

Interactions and intersections with European music. The reception in Portugal of the currents of European modernism and the awakening of the nationalist conscience around musical art. Contexts and constraints of public music during the Estado Novo. Outstanding performers and their role in promoting Portuguese music. The influence of the European avant-garde since the 1960s. The transition to the 21st century: some protagonists. Dissemination, teaching and research institutions in Portugal: their relevance for the national and international projection of Portuguese musicians. Technology, globalization and paradigm shifts in the field of ArtMusic in Portugal: actual state of debate.

2. – Repertoire streams and their representatives

The pioneering role of the pianist and composer José Viana da Mota (1868-1948) in the transition to the 20th century: the Sinfonia à Pátria as a symbol of identity forged in the values of traditional music and culture. The orchestral production of Luís de Freitas Branco (1890-1955), Francisco de Lacerda (1869-1934), Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980), Rui Coelho (1889-1986), Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988) and Fernando Lopes Graça (1906-1994). Renewal and change in the light of European trends: Filipe Pires (1934-2015), Constança Capdville (1937-1992), Jorge Peixinho (1940-1995) and Emanuel Nunes (1941-2012). Other composers and performers of the 20th and 21st centuries: case studies.

Teaching Methodologies

The teaching of the discipline departs from the exposition of theoretical subjects based on key bibliography. Other strategies include the critical reading of selected texts with extended discussion in class focusing on the course topics; use and discussion of additional supporting materials, such as CD’s, DVD’ s, journal essays and on-screen presentations. The active listening of works, in relation to the support bibliography, emerges as the axis of the learning process, being reinforced by other information resources available for students.


BRANCO, J. de F. (1959). História da Música Portuguesa. Lisboa: Publicações Europa-América.

BRITO, M.C. e Cymbron, L. (1992). História da música portuguesa. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

CASTELO-BRANCO, S.E-S. (Dir.). (2010).Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores.

DELGADO, A. (2001). A sinfonia em Portugal. Lisboa: Ministério da Cultura, IPAE – Departamento de Música RDP.

DELGADO, A., Telles A. e Mendes, N. B. (2007). Luís de Freitas Branco: Lisboa,


FERREIRA, M.P. (Coord.). (2007). Dez compositores portugueses: percursos da escrita musical no século XX. Alfragide: Dom Quixote.

GRAÇA, F.L.(1989). A música portuguesa e os seus problemas (2ª ed.). Lisboa: Editorial Caminho.

NERY, R.V. e Castro, P.F. (1991).História da Música, Sínteses da cultura

Portuguesa. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda.

Teaching Staff
Rui Cabral Lopes (regent)