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Cristina Maria de Carvalho Cota


Cristina Maria de Carvalho Cota


Cristina Maria de Carvalho Cota, was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Started her violin studies at Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças (Music Foundation of Friends of the Children) and completed them at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon. Master in Historical Musicology by FCSH/UNL (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), with a thesis entitled “Music in the Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar” (from the end of the 15th century until the end of the 18th century ), under the guidance of Professor Manuel Carlos de Brito, having obtained the maximum classification by unanimity. It was published this year (2017)by Editora Colibri. Research Fellow at CESEM (Center for Sociology and Musical Aesthetics Studies at the New University of Lisbon) between 2008 and 2010. She is currently developing his PhD project on the relationship between the Order of Christ, Music and Mission in Brazil Colonial with a focus on the journey of religious music aboard its ships in sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteen centuries, also by the FCSH-UNL, under the guidance of Professor Manuel Pedro Ferreira, with a grant from the FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology ). Internal collaborator of CESEM / FCSH-UNL, and member of the Early Music Studies group of this research center. Member of CARAVELAS – Center for Studies in the History of Luso-Brazilian Music (FCSH-UNL). Since 2015 coordinates the project and online database “Music OFM Portugal”.



COTA, Cristina, A Música no Convento de Cristo em Tomar (desde finais do século XV até finais do século XVIII), Edições Colibri, Lisboa, Outubro 2017.

[no prelo] «O Cerimonial Seráfico para toda a ordem franciscana de frei Manuel da Conceição (1730)», Congresso Internacional Os Franciscanos no Mundo Luso-Hispânico: História, Arte e Património, Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (2012).

[prevista] 2017 – «Música e devoção mariana na Lisboa seiscentista: o Real Mosteiro de Nossa Senhora da Luz da Ordem de Cristo em Carnide».

2014 – «A música e o culto antoniano na Real Casa e Igreja de Santo António à Sé (séculoXVIII). Espólio musical sobrevivente», in Actas do I Seminário Nacional “A música na Província Portuguesa da Ordem Franciscana”, Centro Cultural Franciscano, Lisboa, 10 Maio, Itinerarium, LX (2014), 563 – 596.

2013 – “A viagem da música religiosa nos navios de carreira para o Brasil”, in Actas do Congresso Internacional A música no espaço luso-brasileiro: um panorama histórico, Lisboa, 7 – 9. 11. 2013. [pdf , pp. 190-211].

Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title PhD. Thesis: Entre Portugal e Brasil (desde 1500 até 1822): Música e Missionação na Ordem de Cristo face aos contributos da Ordem Franciscana e Jesuíta

Manuel Pedro Ferreira


It is proposed to discover the administrative role of the Order of Christ in the founding of churches in Colonial Brazil (from 1500 to 1822), with a focus on religious and profane music traveling aboard its ships in sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Through the travel accounts, chronicles and epistolary letters of Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries, a surprising religious practice (mass, processions and devotions) on board is revealed, accompanied by musical instruments, which in turn will allow us to identify which musical instruments and instruments have arrived to Brazil, as a means of evangelization, a theme still unknown to the academic public.
Describing the presence of music in the religious festivals and processions, in turn, will reveal to us the practice and musical styles resulting from the interaction between the local tradition and the Portuguese musical tradition, of “European” profile. Finally, we intend to identify the conserved musical sources, hoping to find new musical manuscripts.

In a research focused to the overseas assets of the Order of Christ in Brazil (from 1500 to 1822), it is proposed to discover the musical past of the churches under their care, or other subordinate. The connection to the Franciscan Order and the Society of Jesus, becomes inevitable and essential in this investigation. Both arrive at the sands at the helm of Brazilian ships of the Order of Christ, and occupied a prominent place in the Luso-Brazilian missionary work. The references to music found in historical sources, will identify the music and musical instruments arrived in Brazil as a means of evangelization. Describe the presence of music in religious festivals and processions will, in turn, reveal the practice and musical styles resulting from the interaction between local tradition and portuguese musical tradition, with an “European” profile. Finally, we intend to make the identification of musical sources preserved, keeping the hope of finding unknowned musical manuscripts, besides those already registered.

Keywords: Sacred Music, Evangelization, Colonization, Brazil, Order of Christ, Franciscan Order, Jesuits.


Research Group:

Early Music Studies