Soterraña Aguirre Rincón

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Soterraña Aguirre-Rincón

University of Valladolid, Principal Investigator 

Soterraña Aguirre-Rincón is Professor of Musicology at the University of Valladolid. She teaches bachelor and master classes and has been the department’s doctorate programme coordinator since 2005. From 2006 to 2012, she was a Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne.Her research topics focus on music of the 15th and 16th centuries: music and women, church music, contextual studies in urban institutions, 15th-century song and music cataloguing and editing. She has presented her results in Spanish, Italian, French and English at national and international congresses and at international institutions to which she had been invited (Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, 2015; Queen Mary, University of London, 2014; Centro de Estudios Clássicos e Humanísticos, University of Coimbra, from 2013 to the present).Her most outstanding publications are Ginés de Boluda (ca. 1545-des. 1604) (Sociedad Tratado de Tordesillas, 1995); Un manuscrito para un convento (A Manuscript for a Convent, Las Edades del Hombre, 1998); Music and Court in Charles V’s Valladolid, 1527-1539 (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Sonidos en el Silencio: monjas y músicas en la España de 1550 a 1650 (Sounds in Silence: nuns and music in Spain from 1550 to 1650, ICCMU, 2004); The formation of an exceptional library: early printed music books of Valladolid Cathedral (Early Music); Entre contrapunto y canto de órgano. La formación musical de Tomás Luis de Victoria en Ávila (Between counterpoint and organ music. The musical education of Tomás Luis de Victoria in Ávila, ICCMU, 2013); Cronología y mecenazgo de Nunca fue pena mayory sus art-song reworkingsen latín (Chronology and patronage of Nunca fue pena mayorand its Latin art-song reworkings, Reichenberger, 2016).She coordinated two R&D projects at national level – El mundo musical urbano en la corona de Castilla (The World of Urban Music under the Crown of Castile, HUM200600438) and Música y cultura en el Reino de Castilla (Music and Culture in the Kingdom of Castile, HAR2001-30272-C02-00), as well as one at international in cooperation with Prof. John Griffiths – Urban soundscape in Renaissance Spain (Australian Research Council/2007). At present she is coordinator of the project a La obra musical en el Renacimiento: fundamentos, repertorios y prácticas (The Renaissance musical work: foundations, repertories and practices) (HAR2015-70181-P).She is in charge of the group that is cataloguing the Musical Archive of Valladolid Cathedral and has established an intergenerational work team currently consisting of 17 members, including national and international researchers. Among them are two of her former doctoral students (Cecilia Nocilli, 2007 and Gracia Gil, 2016), as well as FPU scholars and current doctorate students.She collaborates with various institutions and bodies in the promotion of investigative activities: Musical adviser of the Fundación Las Edades del Hombre (The Ages of Man Foundation). Founder of the Centro Virtual Tomás Luis de Victoria, for which she manages the project Nueva Edición Victoria (New Victoria Edition, She is also a member of the team of the Abvlensis Festival (, and also collaborates with the Fundación Siglo para las Artes (Siglo Foundation for the Arts, Junta de Castilla y León), for which she created the spectacle Versa est ( Head of the group which catalogues the inventory of the Musical Archive of Valladolid Cathedral.