Teledescante nº1: polyphony in time of plague


  • Maurício Funcia De Bonis Universidade Estadual Paulista
  • Fábio Scucuglia Universidade Estadual Paulista



Musical Composition, Referentiality, Metalanguage, Counterpoint, Polyphony


This report contemplates an instrumental composition as a project for audiovisual production in social isolation, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the problematization of the impact of the pandemic in music making, solutions were sought that were not only viable as an artistic result but that could also be projected in a purposeful and prospective way in times of humanitarian crisis, of dismal symmetry between capitalist neoliberalism and programmed neglect in public health policies. After a description of the research on the use of art in past pandemics as a guiding principle in the choice of materials, the audiovisual production is detailed. The piece was written in April 2020 as a result of the analysis of a Renaissance motet, which, in turn, was conceived as a tribute to a composer who had perished from the plague and as a palliative against the disease.


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Biografia do Autor

Maurício Funcia De Bonis, Universidade Estadual Paulista

Maurí­cio Funcia De Bonis: A composer and a pianist, De Bonis is assistant professor at the Institute of Arts at UNESP. He graduated in Musical Composition at the University of São Paulo (tutored by Willy CorreÌ‚a de Oliveira), where he also obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees (both of them with a FAPESP scholarship). During his doctoral program, he led part of his research at the Paul Sacher Foundation collections, in Basel. He attended the 40th Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, and he had his compositions presented in the main contemporary music festivals in Brazil, besides concerts in Chile, Mexico, Panama, Italy, Colombia, USA and in the ISCM World Music Days 2017, in Canada. ORCID: E-mail:

Fábio Scucuglia, Universidade Estadual Paulista

Fábio Scucuglia: Holding a Master's and a Doctoral degree from UNESP (with professors Florivaldo Menezes Filho and Maurí­cio Funcia De Bonis as his tutors), he graduated in Musical Composition, Conducting and Electroacoustic Composition at this same university in 2008. He has experience in the field of musical acoustics, working professionally since 2008 in the recording and production of concert music. He has also been working in the area of music education since 2005. ORCID: Email:


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Como Citar

De Bonis, M. F., & Scucuglia, F. (2021). Teledescante nº1: polyphony in time of plague. Revista Vórtex, 9(2).



Dossier "Creative practices in Sound Art"