Honorary Award of Musicology

The Honorary Award of Musicology is an award instituted in 2010 by the Valencian Association of Musicology that recognizes the musicological trajectory of a person or entity that for its scientific work has contributed in a remarkable way to publicize the Valencian musical heritage.

The Prize is awarded every three years. The right to propose and vote for a candidate is the totality of the members of the association that come to the assembly where the agenda foresees to carry out the voting.

The celebration consists of an act of recognition and the delivery of an exclusive sculpture created by the sculptor Salvador Marco. The award ceremony takes place within the framework of the Avamus Working Days of Musicology.

Honorary Award of Musicology 2011

D. José Climent Barber

Priest. He received the presbyterate on June 29, 1950. That same year he successfully opposed the position of organist in the Cathedral of Valencia, a position which was attached to the organ of the Royal Basilica of Nostra Sra. dels Desemparats. In 1981 he was appointed Canon with the position of Prefect of Sacred Music. He is Fill Predilecte (Favorite Son) of the city of Oliva (Valencia).

Founding Director of the Municipal Conservatory “José Iturbi” of Valencia where he taught courses in History and Aesthetics of Music and History of Art. He has been Director of the Children’s Choir “Juan Bta. Comes” as well as the Escolania de Ntra. Sra. dels Desamparats. He was Director of the Musicology Section of the Alfons el Magnànim Institution. He has collaborated with the Diputació Provincial directing the Retrobem la nostra música as well as directing the musical part of La Llum de les Imatges. In 2001 he created the Catedralicia Choir.

His works include the Musical Fund of the Valencian region, the Opera Omnia vocal and the last five volumes of the organ works of Joan Cabanilles, as well as the Llibre de Tocates by Vicente Rodríguez Monllor. He is Academic Number of the Real Acadèmia de Cultura Valenciana and Correspondent of the Real Academia de San Carlos of Valencia and of Sant Jordi of Barcelona.

He has won several Extraordinary Prizes in the Jocs Florals of Lo Rat Penat, a society that has recently named him Prohom. In 2010 the City of Valencia named him Adoptive Son of the city.

Ramon Canut (President of AVAMUS 2005-2015), D. José Climent and the sculptor Salvador Marco

Honorary Award of Musicology 2014

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Honorary Awards of Musicology 2017

D. Fermín Pardo Pardo

He is one of the most prolific Valencian folklorists who plays, sings, dances and writes, mainly dedicated to research and teaching. In his studies he brings an integrative and mutidisciplinary vision where music merges with other social uses of oral tradition such as literature, dance, clothing, parties, architecture, gastronomy, symbolism and religion.

He founded the group “Alimara” of the Societat Coral El Micalet of Valencia, where he was also an advisor and singer of the Col·lectiu d’Estudis Folklòrics Aldarull, he created the Grupo de Estudios Folklóricos JARAIZ, the Grup de Restauració de València and collaborated with Arraïls, among others. He has recovered numerous dances, among which it is worth highlighting those of the Corpus of Valencia as one of his main contributions.

From 1974, he was part of the team of compilers coordinated by Salvador Seguí, which culminated in the publication of the songbooks of Alacant, València and Castelló, in which he made a huge amount of contributions. He has numerous recordings, publications, conferences, interviews, and has participated in varios media, both on radio and television.

Since 1994 he has been the Cronista Oficial of Requena. In 2008, he donated 325 recordings with almost 12.000 piedes of traditional music and popular culture to the municipal archives of Requena, a collection that is now completely digitized. Since 2011, he is the Hijo Predilecto (favorite son) of this town. At present, he continues with the recovery of traditional music and as a performer in the Asociación Cantares Viejos of Requena. Great connoisseur of our regions, his legacy con be considered one of the most important for the study of the music of Valencian oral tradition.

Fermín Pardo Pardo

Honorary Awards of Musicology 2021

Maricarmen Gómez Muntané

Maricarmen Gómez Muntané stands out for her extensive career as a specialist in medieval and early Renaissance music. She entered the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1985, where she won the chair of Early Music in 1997. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University during the years 1989-1990, at the Universitat Autònoma de Madrid between 1997 and 2009, and at the University of North Texas in 1996. She is a member of The Academy of Europe and professor emeritus of the UAB since 2019.

On the one hand, she was one of the first people to promote the creation of AVAMUS, which led to the foundation and programming of the first musicology conference in Carcaixent on March 5, 2005. Professor Gómez Muntané was the first person who officially inaugurated the activity of our association: he gave the first conference of the first day of AVAMUS, together with professors Luis Blanes and Jordi Reig, and both the conference and the public attendance were such a success.

On the other hand, she is the first woman awarded by AVAMUS, quite an honor because at the time when her musicological publications emerged, the female presence was still unusual in this discipline.

And, finally, we must remember the ties that the award winner has maintained and repeatedly maintains with Valencia, which we could say is already her second home. There are numerous participations in congresses, concerts, recordings, collaborations and personal ties with Valencia, musicians and outstanding groups that make it a real deserving of a recognition award for all the effort it has dedicated to feeding our culture.

With the acceptance of the IV Honorary Award for Musicology, which was not awarded in 2020 due to COVID or at the 2021 AVAMUS conference due to schedule incompatibility, on November 26, 2021 as part of the closure of the Musicology Days organized by the Department of Pedagogy and Musicology of the CSMV, Maricarmen Gómez Muntané, apart from receiving the award, became part of AVAMUS as an honorary member, as stated in the association’s statutes. In this event he presented the presentation Music and Relics in the Middle Ages and wrote especially for AVAMUS the article For a renewed History of Music in the Valencian Community: from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, which can be consulted openly in our digital magazine of Musicology Quadrivium.