Duarte Lobo’s “Audivi vocem de caelo”

Audivi vocem de caelo is probably the most celebrated work by Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo (c.1567-1646). It was widely known in Europe during his time and later, still being performed by the “ancient music” english choral societies in early nineteenth century. The work is scored for six voices (SSAATB) and it comes from the 1621 Liber [primus] Missarum printed by Balthazar Moreto at the Officina Plantiniana in Antwerp. (mais…)

Bernard Sherman – Inside Early Music

The attempt to play music with the styles and instruments of its era – commonly referred to as the early music movement – has become immensely popular in recent years. For instance, Billboard’s “Top Classical Albums” of 1993 and 1994 featured Anonymous 4, who sing medieval music, and the best-selling Beethoven recording of 1995 was a period-instruments symphony cycle led by John Eliot Gardiner, who is Deutsche Grammophon’s top-selling living conductor. But the movement has generated as much controversy as it has best-selling records, not only about the merits of its results, but also about the validity of its approach. To what degree can we recreate long-lost performing styles? How important are historical period instruments for the performance of a piece? Why should musicians bother with historical information? Are they sacrificing art to scholarship? (mais…)

Estêvão Lopes Morago: A Biographical Note

Estêvão Lopes Morago (or Estebán Lopez Morago) was born in Vallecas (near Madrid), c1575 and died probably in Orgens (near Viseu), around 1630. He was a Portuguese composer of Spanish birth.

He studied at the Colégio dos Moços (at Évora Cathedral) from 1592 to 1596 with Filipe de Magalhães, receiving his bachelor’s degree on 3 March 1596. In 1599, he was appointed Mestre de Capela at the cathedral of Viseu. He was already a priest and licenciate when, in 27 September 1605, the bishop of Viseu instituted him in a benefice of S. Pedro da Cota. (mais…)

Abulensis 2012

21-27 August 2012 |Ávila (Spain)

Abulensis 2012

La ciudad del Abulense, bajo el auspicio de la Concejalía de Cultura de su Ayuntamiento, y con la gestión del Centro de Estudios Virtual Tomás Luis de Victoria, retoma ahora esta herencia en un evento artístico que quiere fundir la propia imagen de la ciudad y su riquísimo patrimonio monumental con la figura de su ilustre hijo, poniendo al día una música que, tras vertebrar cuatro siglos de historia, sigue estando de plena actualidad. El 27 de Agosto de 2012, cerrando el 400 Aniversario de la muerte de Victoria, Abulensis dejará abiertas las puertas de un prometedor futuro musical para la ciudad de Ávila. (mais…)