Sebastián de Vivanco • O Rex gloriae

polifonia1aSebastián de Vivanco’s (1551-1622) double-choir motet O Rex gloriae. This work comes from his 1610 book of motets, printed in Salamanca. Here it is performed by Capilla Flamenca, dir. Dirk Snellings, and Oltremontano with their sackbutts and cornetts – a great recording, as is the rest of the CD that features many works from this book.

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Diogo Dias Melgaz • Memento homo

Listening2Memento homo is, in my opinion, probably one of Diogo Dias Melgaz’s most impressive works. This “miniature” motet for four voices (SATB) survives in two 18th-century choir books housed at the Patriarchal archives in Lisbon and at Évora Cathedral. It is quite impressive how Melgaz emphasises the text’s message Memento homo, quia pulvis in pulverem reverteris (Remember, man, that dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return) using dotted rhythms and short musical figures. (mais…)

Josquin/Narváez • Cum Sancto Spiritu

This is the second video (first video here) of the series I prepared on the intabulations for vihuela of sacred an vocal music from the Renaissance.

The composer featured in this video is Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521), one of the finest and most widespread composers of the Renaissance. His music is particularly important to the Iberian vihuelists, who use Josquin’s music widely. (mais…)

Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” and the “Beginning of Italian Opera”

MonteverdiThis is a part of the first episode, entitled “Beginnings”, of BBC’s three-episode series “Opera Italia”. This series is presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This excerpt refers to Claudio Monteverdi’s favola in musica. (mais…)

Luísa Cymbron – Olhares sobre a música em Portugal no século XIX

Olhares sobre a Música em PortugalOlhares sobre a música em Portugal no século XIX: Ópera, virtuosismo e música doméstica

“[Olhares sobre a música em Portugal no século XIX] é um volume repleto de informação inédita e profundamente estimulante para todos os que se dedicam aos estudos artísticos e culturais em Portugal, cuja leitura vem demonstrar a riqueza e complexidade de uma época à qual começamos enfim a prestar justiça. Com este livro, ficamos a dever à autora a confirmação inequívoca de que a história da música em Portugal no século XIX merecia, de facto, ser contada.” – Paulo Ferreira de Castro (mais…)