Matinas do Natal, Rio de Janeiro, 1811
«In its first world recording, the stunning Matinas do Natal, written in 1811 by Marcos Portugal, is a luscious dish for any musical gourmet: the CD, which received the co-funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Radio DRS, manages to unite great music, dormant for centuries, with fabulous soloists, choir and orchestra. Gracing the cover, the detail of a painting by Jean-Baptiste Debret represents the coronation mass of Dom Pedro I, with the musicians standing in attention, Marcos Portugal in the forefront, au grand complet. (mais…)
O primeiro de três breves textos que preparei sobre polifonia vocal sacra portuguesa para o Natal, que estão a ser publicados no site da revista 9ID - um projecto novo, diferente e bem organizado, que espero possa ajudar a colmatar uma grande falha de divulgação do que se faz nos Açores e o que é feito por açorianos. (mais…)
The motet for the Second Sunday in Advent takes its text from the offertorium of the mass for this Sunday.
Like the first Sunday, I use Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s motet Deus tu convertens (I am restricted to the works available at YouTube). (mais…)
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 17 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. These are the famous O-antiphons of the last days of Advent, that start with O Sapientia (from the previous folio). (mais…)
Manuel de Tavares was an early-seventeenth century composer, who was born in Portalegre. He held the post of maestro di capilla in several Spanish cathedrals like Baeza, Murcia, Las Palmas and Cuenca (there is an brief text in Portuguese on this composer here).
Although a quite known composer in his time, the music of Manuel de Tavares was almost completely forgoten from the modern editions – mostly the Portugaliae Musica series which only features one work – probably due to the sources being extant outside Portugal (Spain and Mexico). (mais…)
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 17 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. On the Fourth Sunday in Advent with the contituation of Laudes. Following the ratios from video #034, Omnipotens has a 1,23 factor. (mais…)
Advent is a special season to me. Last year, due to problems in the server of this blog, I wasn’t able to post some music for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. This year I hope to do that.
The first work is Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s motet Ad te levavi, which takes the text from the introitus of the mass for the Dominica prima Adventus. This work for four voices (there is another one for twelve voices) was printed in the Motectorum liber secundus, printed in Venice in 1584. (mais…)