Mateus d’Aranda was mestre de capela and mestre da claustra at Évora Cathedral from at least 1528 until 1544. During this period at Évora he published two treatises – one on plainchant (1533) and one on mesural chant (1535) – which are thought to be the first music to be printed in Portugal. Although a very important music theoretician, as a composer almost nothing is kwnown of him. The only works that survived are two fragments of a Credo and a motet, which uses the text from the tract for Feria Quarta in Cinerum, for four voices. (mais…)
Tomorrow (July 16) 18:30, I’ll be singing with with my group Ensemble Eborensis at the Church of Senhor Jesus da Pobreza, in the historical centre of Évora, in an event promoted by the Cultural Bureau delegation of Alentejo, the School of Arts of Évora University and the Military Command (the church’s owner) of this church’s reopening to public visits.
We will be performing our programme “Masters of Évora Cathedral: 16th and 17th-century sacred vocal polyphony”, comprising works by composers like Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes, Manuel Cardoso, Aires Fernandes and Francisco Martins among others. (mais…)
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 24 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this episode one can find the Processional antiphons BMV. These antiphons are also to be used on Marian Vespers, with Magnificat, up until Purification (2 February).
Start of Matins Stephen (the First Martyr, 26 December) with the invitatorium combining Christmas and Stephen theme and six antiphons of first nocturn. (mais…)
Next Saturday (July 12), 21:30, I’ll be singing with Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, directed by Eduardo Martins, at the cloisters of Convento dos Remédios, Évora. The concert is part of the festival “Música nos Claustros”, promoted by Eborae Musica.
We will be singing the programme “Por liames bucólicos e populares”, featuring sixteenth-century madrigals and chansons and music by Estêvão Lopes Morago, Fernando Lopes Graça and Eurico Carrapatoso. (mais…)
Early recording of João Domingos Bomtempo’s two symphonies by Portuguese conductor Álvaro Cassuto. (mais…)
Of the three polychoral works by Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito (c.1575-1641) present in his Motectorum Liber the motet Vidi Dominum, for eight voices (SATB+SATB) was the only one to be recorded in cd until now. The other two works, also for eight voices, are O Rex gloriae, a motet that I have been writing a lot, and Dum complerentur. The motet has the indication In die Trinitatis et Omnium Sanctorum that is, it was destined to the Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of All Saints. (mais…)
Photos from last Friday’s concert with Ensemble Eborensis at Colégio do Espírito Santo, Évora. This was a brief intervention of the group during the presentation of degrees by the University of Évora. (mais…)