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Javier Gándara Feijóo


Javier Gándara Feijóo

Research Fellow
Javier Gándara Feijóo is working on his PhD thesis about musical theatre during the second half of the 18th century. For this purpose, he has a pre-doctoral contract with the University of Santiago de Compostela, funded by the Xunta de Galicia (ED481A and IN606A). He belongs to the research group Organistrum (GI-2025), being part of its projects “Galicia-America: civil music, ideology and cultural identities across the Atlantic (1800-1850)” of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (PID2020-115496RB-I00) and “Aid for the consolidation and structuring of competitive research units of the SUG GPC” (ED431C, IN607A, ED431B, IN607B, ED431F and IN607D) of the Xunta de Galicia. He is also a member of the working team of the “Archivio del Teatro Pregoldoniano-Archivio Musicale Gherardi” (PGC2018-097031-B-I00). Javier Gándara holds a degree in Art History (University of Santiago de Compostela) and another in Music (Conservatorio Superior da Coruña). He has also completed a Master’s Degree in the Valuation, Management and Protection of Cultural Heritage (University of Vigo) and a Master’s Degree in Teaching (University of Vigo). Gándara has worked as an archivist at the Curros Enríquez Foundation, a grant holder at the Consello da Cultura Galega, a clarinet teacher at the Conservatorio Superior de Vigo and a research grant holder at Casa de Velázquez (Madrid). He has participated in academic events such as the III Congress MUSAM (Santiago de Compostela, 2021) and the X Congress of the Spanish Musicological Society (Baeza, 2021). Recently, Javier received the Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruiz Morales Prize (Musicology), awarded by Música en Compostela. His publications include “Boccherinian music in the Cathedral of Santiago: Scena dell’Ines di Castro” (2022) and “Music in Nós magazine (1920-1935): folklore and academy ” (2020).

GÁNDARA FEIJÓO, J. (2022): “Música boccheriniana en la Catedral de Santiago: la Scena dell’Ines di Castro”, Estudios musicales del Clasicismo 6: en homenaje a Yves Gérard, Madrid y Sant Cugat, Editorial Arpegio y Asociación Luigi Boccherini, pp. 43-54.

GÁNDARA FEIJÓO, J. (2021): “Los inventarios decimonónicos del monasterio de Celanova”, Rudesindus: miscelánea de arte e cultura, n. 14, pp. 377-388.

GÁNDARA FEIJÓO, J. (2020): “A música na revista Nós (1920-1935): folclore e academia”, Grial: revista galega de cultura, n. 225-226, pp. 166-179.

GÁNDARA FEIJÓO, J. (2016): “Estudio y reflexiones en torno a una obra del Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Ourense”, Boletín Auriense, n. 46, pp. 159-173.

Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title PhD.: "Entre o próprio e o estrangeiro: o teatro musical na Península Ibérica no final do Antigo Regime"
Montserrat Capelán Fernández
Scholarship Reference: Xunta de Galicia: ED481A e IN606A

From the middle of the 18th century until the beginning of the 19th century, a series of ethical and aesthetic controversies about theatre and music took place in Iberian territory. They affected different spheres, especially the political, religious, administrative and scenic. This was a complex time, when changes would lead to the transition from the Ancien Régime to the Contemporary era. In Spain, several enlightened intellectuals expressed ideas about theatrical music and musical theatre, basing on a consideration of the stage as a tool for education and social moulding. Consequently, they criticised certain traditional genres such as the tonadilla madrileña. In Portugal, the prohibitions of theatrical activities by Queen Maria I were important. This PhD deals with the Iberian phenomenon from a mainly Galician perspective: study of the controversies that took place in Galicia (relating them to those produced elsewhere), analysis of Galician characters in stage plays outside the northwest of the Peninsula (especially tonadilla, villancico, farça and entremés) and observation of the confluence of cultures in the North thanks to the arrival of itinerant theatre companies (Italian from Lisbon and Porto, as well as Hispanic from Castilla).

Thematic Lines and Research Nucleuses:

Opera Studies

Music and Literature

Caravelas Nucleus