Bernadette Nelson is currently a senior researcher at CESEM-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; she is also affiliated with Wolfson College in Oxford. She obtained her DPhil. from Somerville College, Oxford in 1987 with a dissertation on organ music in the Iberian Peninsula during the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, and has been employed at the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum, the University of Hong Kong music department, Royal Holloway College, University of London, and FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
She has published widely on topics in Iberian and Franco-Flemish polyphonic music, including institutional and musico-liturgical studies, keyboard music, compositional studies, and the sacred music of Noel Bauldeweyn and Cristóbal de Morales. Also among interests is the question of exchanges and influences between northern and southern European culture and music during the early modern period. Recent publications include two co-edited books of essays: (with Owen Rees) ‘Cristóbal de Morales: Sources, Influences, Reception’ (Boydell & Brewer, 2007); and (with Tess Knighton) ‘Pure Gold. Golden Age Sacred Music in the Iberian World: A Homage to Bruno Turner’ (Reichenberger, 2011). Among current research projects are music, musicians and ceremony at the Portuguese Royal Court and Chapel(s) during the Renaissance, and music and musicians at the Court of D. Teodósio I, Duke of Braganza.
She has participated in several FCT funded Research Projects in music and art history including, currently, The Anatomy of Late 15th-Century and Early 16th-Century Iberian Polyphonic Music (dir. João Pedro d’Alvarenga at CESEM-FCSH), and is coordinator of polyphonic source on the Portuguese Early Music Database at CESEM. She is founder and co-director of the early music ensemble based in Oxford, A Capella Portuguesa (dir. Owen Rees).
‘Music and Musicians at the Portuguese Royal Court and Chapel, c. 1470 – c. 1500’, in Companion to Music at the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella, ed. Tessa KNIGHTON (Leiden: BRILL, 2016), pp. 205-40.
‘Morales’s Magnificats in Portugal and Some Anonymous Settings in Portuguese Sources: Questions of Style and Authorship’, Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia n.s. 2/2 (2015), pp. 193-214.
‘Josquin in the Music of Morales. Musico-Rhetorical Devices in Salve Regina and Other Works’, in Treasure of the Golden Age. Essays in Honor of Robert Stevenson, eds M. O’Connor and W. Clark (Hillsdale, New York: Pendragon Press, 2012), pp. 295-320.
‘Fragments of Fifteenth-Century Northern Propers in Portugal’ in Heinrich Isaac and Polyphony for the Proper of the Mass in the Late-Middle Ages and Renaissance, eds D.J. Burn and S. Gasch (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 60-80.