II Historical Soundscape Meeting – Évora 2019
October 16 - October 1850€
The notion of soundscapes, which is being increasingly referred to in international musicological circles, makes it possible to understand musical activity that takes place in a particular area from a wide-ranging contextual perspective, unlike a view centred on a composer or restricted group of composers. It enables us to reconstruct contexts, circuits and movement, and to map out the presence of music and musician, taking music as a social, political and cultural activity and not merely artistic.
The urban level is particularly suitable for observing the social networks that form musical activity. The role that the arts perform in the building of a social identity has been studied in recent years, both in the case of music and that of the visual arts. The historiography of the urban phenomenon has reformulated the concept of city in such a manner that social and cultural practice is as important as the notion of use of space and even socioeconomic structures. An interdisciplinary character marks the urban musicology branch, and contributions from various research areas are welcome. As well as musical activities in themselves (and other sonic manifestations), what they represent and their sources are also of interest; as are performers and directors, professionals and amateurs, times and spaces or even ceremonies and spontaneous practices, because all of these elements contribute to making up a soundscape, an identity in terms of sound.
The urban aspect with respect to the musical activity of the churches, convents and other religious institutions, and in the squares and theatres, creates a particularly rich ‘soundscape’ in the case of Évora, Lisbon, Coimbra and other European musical centres such as Madrid, Seville, Paris, and even other cities such as Salvador da Bahia or Rio de Janeiro. Following on from projects of this kind undertaken in Andalusia (Seville and Granada), the project proposed in relation to Évora is centred on charting as many historical sound events as possible in the city of Évora from 1540 to 1910.
Besides works about Évora, this Meeting aims to promote and articulate works about other landscapes, spaces and cities. It intends also to promote the interdisciplinary work in articulation with important areas for the definition and thought about historical soundscapes like Architecture, Sociology, Acoustic, Visual Arts or Philosophy, among others.