This project intends to open and explore new perspectives on the cultural manifestations in the city of Évora and their term, through the study and analysis of the diverse musical activity during the chronological period between 1540 and 1910; it pretends to contribute to an effective patrimonialisation of Évora’s soundscape, which is very rich.
A certain artistic-cultural cosmopolitanism, confirmed by the circulation of foreign musicians, has also been verified in Évora, a city of manifest political and religious importance. In the 19th century , given the historical circumstances associated to the victory of Liberalism, local corporations such as the Eborense Circle (1837) or the Civilizing Society União Eborense (1839) emerged. The notion of soundscapes that has been gaining relevance in the international musicology allows the understanding of the musical reality based on a wide-ranging contextual perspective, contrary to the approach focused only on one composer , or some other restrict aspect. It allows also to rebuild contexts, circuits and transits, and to map the presence of both music and musicians.
A further aim of the project is the elaboration of a digital platform that gathers the information in several formats and allows the creation of thematic roadmaps, so that the user can travel through the city following a certain theme, such as the church organs, or religious historical circuits, like for example the procession of Senhor Jesus dos Passos.