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Elsa De Luca


Elsa De Luca

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Nota Biográfica:

I am a musicologist specializing in early chant, liturgy, and notation of medieval Iberia, and of the Saintes-Chapelles in Bari and Paris. I currently hold the position of post-doctoral researcher at the NOVA University of Lisbon where I pursue research into early music and I am Development Coordinator of the “Portuguese Early Music database”. This appointment follows a previous postdoctoral fellowship at the same centre  to study the regional interactions between Portugal and northern France and implement the PEM database (05/2011-04/2013).

My research develops along two axes: plainchant and liturgical studies, and manuscript cataloguing in databases. My main achievements as a chant scholar consist of major discoveries I made in Old Hispanic chant, which advanced scholarship in musical cryptography and notation and led to publications in major journals (Early Music History and Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies).

In the Digital Humanities my most important contribution has been the co-founding of the online catalogue “Cantus Index” (cantusindex.org), a research tool that integrates 11 international chant databases and permits searches of the chant for the mass and office by text or melody.

I have collaborated in several research projects in Italy, France, Portugal, UK, Canada. My music education started with a Piano Diploma from a Conservatoire (1993-2002).


Musical Cryptography and the Early History of the ‘León Antiphoner. Forthcoming in Early Music History 2017

Royal Misattribution: Monograms in the León Antiphoner. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Volume 9, 2017 – Issue 1, pp. 25-51. Available online from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17546559.2015.1101521: DOI: 10.1080/17546559.2015.110152

Medieval Music Notes as Cryptography (co-authored with John 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. 2017 (forthcoming).

A Methodology for Studying Old Hispanic Notation: Some Preliminary Thoughts. In: Papers read at the 17th Meeting of the IMS Study Group Cantus Planus, Venice, 2014, July 28 – August 1, 2014. Forthcoming.

Rhythmic And Proportional Hidden or Actual ELements in Plainchant: computerized census and integral restoration of a neglected musical repertoire [RAPHAEL project]  (co-authored with Valentina Marangi)In: R. Dalmonte – F. Spampinato, eds. Il ‘nuovo’ in musica e in musicologia: estetiche tecnologie linguaggi. Atti del convegno trento, 18-20 gennaio 2008. Lucca: LIM, 2009, pp. 247-252.

Il canto dell’Exultet nella liturgia beneventana. Rivista Internazionale di Musica Sacra, 2008, 29 (1), pp. 63-104.

Referência da Bolsa: FCSH/CESEM/EAT/00693
Grupo de Investigação:

Estudos de Música Antiga