Emma Hornby – Medieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis

Medieval Liturgical ChantMedieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis: Words and Music in the Second-Mode Tract

How do text and melody relate in western liturgical chant? Is the music simply an abstract vehicle for the text, or does it articulate textual structure and meaning? These questions are addressed here through a case study of the second-mode tracts, lengthy and complex solo chants for Lent, which were created in the papal choir of Rome before the mid-eighth century. These partially formulaic chants function as exegesis, with non-syntactical text divisions and emphatic musical phrases promoting certain directions of inner meditation in both performers and listeners. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, September 20

Residência Cisterciense 2014I’ll be singing and conducting Ensemble Eborensis tomorrow (20 Setember) at the church of the cistercian monastery of S. Bento de Cástris at Évora. This brief concert is integrated in the II Residência Cisterciense S. Bento de Cástris “A Estética, o Espaço e o Tempo: Reflexos da Contra-Reforma na praxis musical”, which will take place the the monastery from 19 to 20 September. We will perform 16th- and 17th-century Portuguese polyphony with connections to the monastic living. These include works by Aires Fernandes, Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Cardoso and Simão dos Anjos de Gouveia. (mais…)

Paper at “Residência Cisterciense”, September 19

Residência Cisterciense 2014Tomorrow (19 September) I’ll be presenting a paper at the II Residência Cisterciense “A Estética, o Espaço e o Tempo: Reflexos da Contra-Reforma na praxis musical”, at the monastery of S. Bento de Cástris in Évora. The paper is entitled “O canto do ofício na Quaresma e Semana Santa no Mosteiro de S. Bento de Cástris: O manuscrito 29 do Arquivo Distrital de Évora e a sua organização” (The singing of office during Lent and Holy Week in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris: The manuscript 29 of Arquivo Distrital de Évora and its organization). (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, September 19

Residência Cisterciense 2014I’ll be conducting the Schola of Ensemble Eborensis next Friday (19 Setember) at the church of the cistercian monastery of S. Bento de Cástris at Évora. The brief concert is integrated in the II Residência Cisterciense S. Bento de Cástris “A Estética, o Espaço e o Tempo: Reflexos da Contra-Reforma na praxis musical”, which will take place the the monastery from 19 to 20 September. We will perform 16th-century plainchant from the monastery’s manuscript sources. (mais…)

The Schola of Ensemble Eborensis

Schola do Ensemble EborensisThe Schola of Ensemble Eborensis, is a new project of my group which is collaborating in the project “Orfeus: A reforma tridentina e a música no silêncio claustral: O mosteiro de S. Bento de Cástris” (EXPL/EPH-PAT/2253/2013), which is in development by CIDEHUS-UÉ (in collaboration with UnIMeM) in which I’m working at the moment. (mais…)

Francisco Martins • Vinea mea electa

Iberian PolyphonyVideo of the responsory Vinea mea electa, for four voices, by Portuguese composer Francisco Martins (c.1628-1680). This video was recorded during Ensemble Eborensis‘s concert at Church of S. João Evangelista (also know as Church of Lóios) at Évora, las 28 August. The video was produced in collaboration with associação de ideias. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, September 14

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lagoa (Monsaraz)Nex Sunday (September 14), at 17:00, I’ll be singing and conducting Ensemble Eborensis at the church of Nossa Senhora da Lagoa in the beautiful village of Monsaraz. The group will participate in the solemn mass for the feast of Senhor Jesus dos Passos, the main religious event in the village. We will perform works by Manuel Mendes, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Francisco Martins, Aires Fernandes and Manuel de Tavares; music that was intended for the mass and office. (mais…)