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Villancico and Cantata in the Iberian World, 1400-1800
London, July 1998

International Conference Secular Genres in Sacred Contexts?: the Villancico and the Cantata in the Iberian World, 1400-1800 London, 1-4 July 1998
Organized by the Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Zaragoza, with the collaboration of the Institute of Romance Studies (London). Scientific Committee: M. C. de Brito (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), J. J. Carreras (Universidad de Zaragoza / Royal Holloway, London), T. Knighton (Clare College, Cambridge / Royal Holloway, London), Emiti RosFabregas (University of Boston / Universidad de Granada), Alvaro Torrente (Royal Holloway, London). The villancico, which enjoyed enormous popularity in Spain, Portugal and the Americas over several centuries, is one of the most distinctive musical genres in the Iherian world. The term initially referred to a specific formal pattern of vernacular song, but it was later used to denote various kinds of musical compositions in the vernacular performed in sacred celebrations. The genre has nonetheless been viewed by scholars from narrow (mostly formal) perspectives, with little attention being given to its social or ceremonial functions and to its relationships with other genres. This conference will approach the villancico more comprehensively from the points of view of musicology, philology, history and anthropology, as well as drawing comparisons and parallels with genres cultivated in Italy, France and Germany.

Secular Genres in Sacred Contexts?:
The Villancico and the Cantata in the Iberian World, 1400-1800

London, Senate House (3rd floor), 1-4 July, 1998

Opening Lecture

Wednesday 1 July 1998, 5 pm.

Keynote Speaker: Alan Deyermon (Queen Mary & Westfield College, London)

Session I. The meeting of sacred and secular

Thurday 2 July 1998, 10 am.

Chair: Manuel Carlos de Brito (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

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Session II. Functions and contexts for the villancico: music and ceremony

Thursday 2 July 1998, 3 pm.

Chair: Tess Knighton (Clare College, Cambridge / Royal Holloway, London)

Speakers:

Free Papers

Session III. Aspects of music and text in the villancico

Friday 4 July 1998, 10 am.

Chair: Emili Ros-Fábregas (University of Boston / Universidad de Granada)

Speakers:

Free Papers

Session IV. The church as a stage: relationships between the villancico and the theatre

Friday 4 July 1998, 3 pm.

Chair: Alvaro Torrente (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Speakers:

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Session V. Parallel genres: European relations

Saturday 4 July 1998, 10 am

Chair: Juan José Carreras (Universidad de Zaragoza / University of Cambridge)

Speakers:

Free Papers