Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, September 2

Igreja do SalvadorTomorrow (September 1), 21:30, I’ll be singing with Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, directed by Eduardo Martins, at the Igreja do Salvador, Évora. The concert being integrated in the activities of the Culture Bureau of Alentejo.

We will be singing 17th-century polyphony from Évora Cathedral, of composers like Manuel Cardoso, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Estêvão de Brito, Manuel Mendes and Diogo Dias Melgaz. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #053

chantf. 26r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 26 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this folio are present the fifth and sixth antiphon of second nocturn for the feast of St Stephen. The first antiphon of the page is one of the simplest thinkable. Very fine L capital on Lapidabant of the first responsory in the second nocturn. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, August 28

2014.08.28 Igreja dos LóiosTomorrow, (August 28) 19:00, I’ll be singing with my group Ensemble Eborensis at the Church of St John Evangelist, commonly known as Church of the Convent of Lóios, at Évora. This is a concert to help raising funds (food supplies) for an associacion called Pão e Paz (Bread and Peace) that helps less fortunate persons in the city of Évora, cooking about 300 daily meals at the association’s refectory. The cost of entry to the concert will be a good (anything that can be useful for the preparation of the daily meals by this association). (mais…)

Revisiting “Sulitânia”

SulitâniaIt was with satisfaction that I received last June the news that Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica will participate with Portuguese popular music group Ronda dos Quatro Caminhos in a concert next month in Évora, following the choir collaboration in the 2007 project-CD Sulitânia.

In 2006 Eborae Musica collaborated with this group in a concert at Teatro Garcia de Resende in Évora. The recording of the  songs featured in the CD took place in February 2007. In 3 May 2008 the choir participated in a concert at Aula Magna in 3 May toghether with the other groups and Orquestra Sinfonieta de Lisboa. (mais…)

On the Feast of St Bernard

chantOdoriferum lilium is one of the responsories for Matins of the feast of this saint. I really enjoy this one in particular for the beautiful design of the melodic line and the low tessitura. This was one of the examples I used in my talk last year, at the “Residência Cisterciense” in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, Évora, a feminine cistercian house that had quite a lot of music activity during the seveenteenth and eighteenth centuries. (mais…)