“Every day we know more and understand less”
As often happens, something imposed ends up becoming an enjoyment and an almost vital activity.
The last step during my studies in Conducting was to prepare the Final Degree Project; a “small” research work in the field of musicology directed by Dr. Josu Okiñena. This work, far from being a formality carried out with more reluctance than anything else, became an essential part of my training. I focused it on the composer Eduardo Mocoroa. I knew his music well and he had been my predecessor as conductor of the Santa María Chapel in Tolosa, as had been his teacher, Felipe Gorriti. My research work was almost 500 pages long and the evaluation committee formed by Josu Okiñena, composer Ramón Lazkano and María José Cano rated it with an A-10. It was the beginning of my research activity. Since then I am carrying out my doctoral thesis in the Inter-University Doctoral Program in Musicology of the Faculty of Geography and History of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) directed by Dr. Belén Pérez Castillo.
In 2018 I did an important work to rescue a Basque composer from oblivion: Bartolomé Ercilla. After a critical edition of his production, a large part of his work was presented in the Quincena Musical de Durango (Bizkaia). This work was also recorded and released on a disc.
Below is a list of the activities I have carried out in this field of research and dissemination.
Workshop “Creating new audiences. The survival of the music bands in the 21st century”. Federation of Bands of Navarra – Olite.
2017 - 2018
Critical edition of the production of the Biscayan composer Bartolomé Ercilla.
Edition of the CD-DVD-Book “Eduardo Mocoroa 1903-1918”.
2013 - 2015
Scholarship from Arakil Fundazioa to study Eduardo Mocoroa in depth.
Conference on “Creating repertoire for band in the 21st century” within the XXVI Nazioarteko Musika Jaialdia 2010, Zumaia.
Edition of the CD-Book “Eduardo Mocoroa 1884-1902”.
Teamwork in “Compilation of the Prologues of the works published in 2017-2018”, Edition of fourteen works by Eduardo Mocoroa by the Chapel of Music and sponsorship by Arakil Fundazioa. (it can be consulted at http://www.tolosasantamariakapera.eu/)
2016 - Actualidad
Doctoral Thesis Project ongoing “Eduardo Mocoroa, past and future of music in Tolosa” at the Universidad Complutese de Madrid directed by Dr. Belén Pérez Castillo.
Donostia-San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa).
Defense of the Final Degree Project with the qualification Outstanding (10), in the Miramar MUSIKENE Palace “Eduardo Mocoroa (1867-1959): Cataloguing of his work and study of his compositional language through his three symphonic-choral masses”. Committee: Dr. Ramón Lazkano, Dr. María José Cano and Dr. Josu Okiñena.
2013 - 2015
Donostia-San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa)
Research work on the composer Eduardo Mocoroa directed by Dr. Josu Okiñena.
Conference “Women in Music”.