Creativity and Cultural Heritage


The DeMúsica project was formed to unify research in the important field of culture and musical practice at the University of Navarra within the Creativity and Cultural Heritage project of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). In recent years, interest in Spanish music, especially older music, has grown notably. However, the systematic recovery and study of its rich heritage, especially its religious heritage, has not grown at the same pace. This project thus aims, among other things, to draw attention to the importance of filling this gap and remembering that there was once a time when music was one of the fundamental disciplines in university curricula and the direct object of academic research. DeMúsica will also promote, to the extent possible, the dissemination of this heritage through texts, recordings and concerts in collaboration with other public and private institutions, especially with the University of Navarra Museum.

As a starting point, DeMúsica will develop the Chantria Pampilonense project, which emerged from an agreement signed between the Pamplona Cathedral and the University of Navarra, with the purpose of recovering the rich musical heritage preserved in the Music Archive of the Cathedral of Pamplona and making it available to interpreters and researchers.

Chantria Pampilonense

Main Researcher

Rafael Zafra obtained a PhD in philosophy and is a senior researcher within the Siglo de Oro Research Group (GRISO for its initials in Spanish). His research focuses on baroque sacramental theater, emblem literature, the relationship between art, music and literature in the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, and publishing texts that reveal the culture and thought process in these periods. In addition, he contributes to the application of technology to research in the humanities with projects such as the electronic edition of the Covarrubias Treasury and the Belt Vocabulary. He regularly contributes to projects at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and Northeastern University (Boston MA).

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