+351 21 790 8300 ext. 1496

Elsa De Luca


Elsa De Luca

Post-doctoral fellow

Elsa De Luca holds the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CESEM (NOVA University of Lisbon), where she is pursuing research into early Iberian notation. As part of this role, she is Development Coordinator of the Portuguese Early Music Database and also co-director of the new book series MUSAM, published by Brepols. This appointment follows two previous postdoctoral fellowships at CESEM (05/2011-04/2013) and at the University of Bristol (05/2013-08/2016).

De Luca is an early music palaeographer with a broad interest in musical manuscripts (notation, liturgy, and materiality). She holds a PhD in Historical Musicology (Università del Salento, 2011) and a Piano Diploma (2002). As a palaeographer of Old Hispanic chant, she contributed significant knowledge to the field, through her breakthrough discoveries on cryptography and notation. These discoveries have advanced scholarship and led to publications in major journals (Early Music History and Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies). In the digital humanities her most important contribution has been the co-founding of Cantus Index, a research tool that integrates 11 international chant databases and permits searches for the chants for the mass and office by text or melody. She has collaborated in many research projects in Italy, France, Portugal, the UK and Canada.

CV and further info at: https://sites.google.com/fcsh.unl.pt/elsadeluca/


2017 A Notated Graduale-Prosarium from Sens in Lisbon. Portuguese Journal of Musicology. New Series 4/2: 227-46 ISSN 2183-8410 available at http://rpm-ns.pt/index.php/rpm/article/view/326

2017 Musical Cryptography and the Early History of the ‘León Antiphoner’. Early Music History 36: 105–58. ISSN (print) 0261-1279. DOI:10.1017/S0261127917000018.

2017 Royal Misattribution: Monograms in the León Antiphoner. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 9/1: 25–51. ISSN: 1754-6559 (Print) 1754-6567 (Online) DOI: 10.1080/17546559.2015.110152. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17546559.2015.1101521.

2017 Medieval Music Notes as Cryptography (co-authored with J. Haines). In: K. Ellison and S. Kim, eds. A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy. (Material Readings in Early Modern Culture) Routledge, New York and London, 2018: 30–47. ISBN: 978-1-138-24464-1.

Scholarship Reference: FCSH/CESEM/EAT/00693
Research Group:

Early Music Studies

image_preview (1)
image_preview (2)
image_preview (3)