Elsa De Luca

Elsa De Luca


Personal website and CV at https://sites.google.com/fcsh.unl.pt/elsadeluca/

ELSA DE LUCA is an early music scholar pursuing research on medieval chant notations; she is also actively involved in the development of tools for computer-assisted research in early music (mainly databases and automatic music encoding).

Elsa De Luca is currently carrying out palaeographical research into Iberian medieval notation through the research project ‘A pre-Gregorian musical repertory under scrutiny: neumes, scribes, and books of the Old Hispanic Chant’ (Norma Transitória – DL 57/2016/CP1453/CT0085). Elsa has published articles on notation, cryptography, and liturgy in a selection of Iberian and French manuscripts (10th – 16th cent.) and on music encoding. She co-edited with A. Miguélez and E. Loic a special issue of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (14/1, 2022) Connecting the Dots: New Research Paradigms for Iberian Manuscripts as Material Objects. Currently, she has two forthcoming books on the palaeography of plainchant from the medieval East and West, both books co-edited with I. Moody and J.F. Goudesenne.

In addition, Elsa is Coordinator of the Portuguese Early Music Database; co-director of the book series Musicalia Antiquitatis & Medii Aevi, published by Brepols; a member of the CESEM-FCSH editorial committee and review editor for the Portuguese Journal of Musicology new series. She is the PI of the FCT-funded research project Echoes from the Past: Unveiling a Lost Soundscape with Digital Analysis (2022.01957.PTDC) that will run from 03/2023-02/2026. The project was ranked first in the 2022 Portuguese national call for research projects in the ‘Arts’. Finally, Elsa will serve as member of the CESEM board of directors from 04/2023. Over the years Elsa has collaborated in eleven research projects in Italy, France, Portugal, the UK and Canada.

Publications and other outputs:

2022 Connecting the Dots: New Research Paradigms for Iberian Manuscripts as Material Objects. Special issue of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. 14/1 Editors: Elsa De Luca, Erika Loic, Alicia Miguelez https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ribs20/14/1

2020 Proceedings of the Music Encoding Conference, Tufts University 26-29 May 2020. Editors: Elsa De Luca, Julia Flanders. Published in the CORE Repository on Humanities Commons. Permanent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/mvxw-x477

2019 (De Luca, Bain, Behrendt, Fujinaga, Helsen, Ignesti, Lacoste, Long). Capturing Early Notations in MEI: The Case of Old Hispanic Neumes. MusikTheorie-Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft 3: 229-49.

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.