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…)

Festival “Música Ibérica Séculos XVI & XVII”

Festival Música IbéricaDecorrerá de 28 de Julho a 5 de Agosto próximo, nas igrejas de Angra do Heroísmo e Praia da Vitória que possuem órgão, o festival de música Ibérica dos séculos XVI e XVII em que se irão interpretar obras de Pedro de Araújo, António de Cabezón, Fr. Diego da Conceição, Juan Cabanilles, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Manuel Mendes, Fr. Manuel Cardoso entre outros. (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…)