Rita Faleiro is a PhD student in Musicology at the University of Évora, Master in Music Teaching (Piano) at ISEIT – Almada, under the guidance of Professor Paulo Oliveira, and holds a degree in Piano and History – Archeology at the University of Évora. She has worked as a piano teacher in several institutions and conservatories. She has also organized several Masterclasses and competitions (such as the First Music Competition of Bemposta and the 1st Piano Masterclass of Bemposta with pianist Miguel Sousa). He also participated in several editions of the “Sé de Évora School of Music”, as well as several workshops and masterclasses in the areas of Gregorian chant (integrated in the Gregorian Studies Weeks promoted by the Ward Center of Lisbon), Choral Conducting (with conducters as Paulo Lourenço and Paulo Brandão) and piano, with renowned pianists such as Filipe Pinto Ribeiro, Sequeira Costa and Liudmila Roschina. Currently, her academic work focuses mainly on the investigation of Portuguese sacred music from the end of the late XVIIIth century and early 19th century. The subject of her doctoral thesis is the study, transcription and analysis of the concerted psalms produced and used in the service of the cathedral in Évora, with the perspective of being able to critically insert this musical genre in the Portuguese musical scene. She is currently part of the team from the project “Música Sacra in Évora in the XVIIIth century, belonging to the University of Évora and in partnership with CESEM – Évora, under the coordination of Dr. Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira.
The cathedral of Évora was considered for a long time a center of Portuguese sacred music; but for the second half of the eighteenth century / early nineteenth century, only a few studies have been carried out so far, in regard to music used in the service of the cathedral. This study intends to contribute to fill the gap that still exists regarding the knowledge of the particular context of the sacred music produced in Évora, more concretely in its cathedral. Based on the previously made surveys of the manuscripts present in the archive of the Sé, it is intended to carry out the transcription, study and a critical insertion of the concerted psalms of the cathedral of Évora (a genre widely represented both in quantity and in historical periods in the music archive of the cathedral of Évora) in the historical narrative of the Portuguese musical panorama. A comparative action will be inevitable on the aesthetic and stylistic changes undergone by the psalms and their use throughout the chronological period indicated.