Instrumentos musicais chineses na coleção do Museu do Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau (Lisboa)

  • Énio José de Souza (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In 2013 we have celebrated five centuries of political, trading and cultural relationship between Portugal and China. It's natural that a great number of Chinese musical instruments has been brought to Portugal throughout this period alongside with other goods. Thus our main intention is to inform experts, musicologists, ethnomusicologists and researches on this subject that Portugal has a substantial Chinese organology heritage in several public and private collections. Pitifully, there is no Portuguese experts in Chinese organology, even in universities that have a music department. Considering only six collections in Lisbon, we were able to find more than four hundred Chinese musical instruments, during our research between November 2011 and February 2014. This considerable number of species motivated us to focus our study on the Macau Scientific and Cultural Centre Museum’s collection, which houses one of the most significant sets of Chinese musical instruments. In this study, we have followed international organology standards, the Hornbostel/Suchs included, alongside some of the main organological Chinese classification systems which allowed us to characterize the instruments in detail. We lay hold of fieldwork as well trying to solve some questions as they arose. If we want to be update in Asian organology and in Asian studies, the framework should be creating very strong scientific and academic networks within its borders and, then, a very good bonding with Asian and West countries counterparts.
Date of Award2 Mar 2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJorge Vaz de Carvalho (Supervisor) & Rui Vieira Nery (Co-Supervisor)


  • Chinese civilization
  • Organology
  • Music
  • Organological classification
  • Portuguese collections
  • Cultural exchange
  • Portugal
  • China


  • Mestrado em Estudos Asiáticos

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