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Dr Gregorio Bevilacqua 

AHRC Research Fellow

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Dr Gregorio Bevilacqua is an AHRC Research Fellow in Music at the University of Southampton.

I am currently a Research Fellow in digital musicology and I work with the project Medieval Music, Big Data and the Research Blend, which is part of the AHRC project Transforming Musicology. I first came to Southampton as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2010, when I joined Prof. Mark Everist and his team in the AHRC-funded Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Thirteenth-Century Music and Poetry project. Before moving to the UK, I was an ingénieur d’études at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours (France), where I worked on Renaissance Instrumental Music and Notation. My work focuses on thirteenth-century western plainchant and polyphony, codicology and digital humanities.

I studied musicology in Italy, my homeland, at the University of Bologna, where I graduated in 2004 with a study on Luys de Narváez’s instrumental arrangements of vocal polyphony. In 2008 I received a Classical Guitar Diploma from the Conservatoire of Music Giovan Battista Martini in Bologna. In 2009 I earned my PhD in Musicology and Musical Heritage at the University of Bologna. My thesis consisted in an edition and investigation of the Comentum super cantum, a thirteenth-century treatise on plainchant compiled by the elusive English master Roger Caperon.

I deliver papers and present my research outputs at international conferences in Europe and in the United States.


Research interests

Greogrio's research includes medieval plainchant theory and polyphony, Renaissance instrumental music, notation, and codicology.  

Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Thirteenth-Century Music and Poetry

The aim of the Cantum pulcriorem invenire is to place the conductus of the period c.1170 to c.1320 on the same footing as its two partner genres, the motet and the organum.

Medieval Music, Big Data and the Research Blend

The aim of the project is to uncover intertextual reference between the conductus and other types of sermon, chronicle and commentary in the period 1150 to 1350.


Research group

Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Research project(s)

Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Thirteenth-Century Music and Poetry

 The aim of this AHRC-funded project is to place the conductus of the period c 1170 to c 1320 on the same footing as its two partner genres, the motet and organum.

Medieval Music, Big Data and the Research Blend

Of the three principal genres of polyphonic music that dominated the high middle ages, organum and motet have claimed the attention of scholarship since the very beginning of the twentieth century. The third principal genre, the conductus has only recently been brought into an equivalent focus through an AHRC research grant ‘Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Medieval Latin Poetry and Song’. Many questions remain yet unresolved. The most pressing of these is the function and context of this extraordinary repertory of polyphonic song.

Workshop and Performance

‘Cantum pulcriorem invenire - Thirteenth-Century Latin Poetry and Music: Workshop, Performance and Impact’ (CPI-III) engages communities with the thirteenth-century polyphonic and monophonic Latin song called conductus. It seeks to achieve this aim through a programme of twelve events, each consisting of a workshop and concert in twelve different venues in Europe and the UK.

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Articles and Book Chapters

‘Conductus or Motet? A New Source and a Question of Genre’. In Proceedings of Conference: The Gothic Revolution in Music, 1100-1300, special issue of Musica disciplina (2014), forthcoming.

‘Materia huius artis est aer et aqua: The ‘Musical Rock’ in Roger Caperon’s Comentum super cantum’. Il Saggiatore Musicale 20 (2013), 9-24.

‘Racconti di viaggio di Amerigo Vespucci, Marco da Nizza e Nunno di Gusman’. In Paola Dessì (ed.), Per una storia dei popoli senza note. Bologna: CLUEB, 2010, 323-30.

Book Reviews

Review of Helen Deeming (ed.), Songs in British Sources c. 1150-1300 (London: Stainer & Bell, 2013), Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association (2014), 332-36.

Review of John Potter and Neil Sorrell, A History of Singing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Plainsong and Medieval Music 22 (2013), 114-15.

Online Publications

With Mark Everist, Cantum pulcriorem invenire: Conductus Database||m-informationcontrol@url=html/home.php (2013).

Description of manuscript Salamanca, Biblioteca universitaria, Ms. 226 for the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music: (2012).


Dr Gregorio Bevilacqua
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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