An Analysis Of The Unique Timbre Of The Portuguese Guitar
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Mário Vieira de Carvalho is a Portuguese musicologist and author. His main research fields are sociology of music, philosophy and aesthetics of music, opera, contemporary music, music and literature, 18th century studies, Wagner, Luigi Nono and Portuguese music from 18th to 21st centuries.

Mário Vieira de Carvalho is a full professor of sociology of music at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas. He founded in 1997 and is chairman of CESEM - Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical (Research Centre for Aesthetics and Sociology of Music) at this university. He is member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (elected in March 2008) and of the Direction of the European Academy of Music-Theatre (Europäische Musiktheater-Akademie - Vienna), since September 2001.

                       

An Analysis Of The Unique Timbre Of The Portuguese Guitar

The Portuguese guitar is a specific type of guitar which was developed in Portugal during the last centuries, directly descending from the European Cittern. It is a pear-shaped chordophone with six double course strings and it requires a distinctive plucking technique to be played. The most common versions relate to Lisbon, where Fado takes the main role of its use, and Coimbra, where students from the oldest Portuguese university have used its tones to sustain their academic rhythms. [caption id="attachment_15690"...

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