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…)

João Lourenço Rebelo • Panis angelicus

João Lourenço Rebelo’s motet Panis angelicus is, to me,  one of the most interesting mid-seveenthenth-century works of Portuguese polyphony. The motet is written for seven voices a capella contrary to most of Rebelo’s music, which always features a continuo part, and stands out as a fine example of what was achieved in terms of the prossecution of stile antico writing. A fine recording with a nice video by Portuguese group Capella Duriensis, directed by Jonathan Aeyrst.

Polyphonia 14: Morago: Magnificat Primi Toni

polyphonia-014This is the edition number 14 of the “Polyphonia” series, featuring Portuguese sacred vocal polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries, edited by MPMP – Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa. This number is the fith number devoted to the music of Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), composer of Spanish birth who spent all his life in Portugal, studided at the claustra of Évora Cathedral and was mestre de capela at Viseu Cathedral. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #051

chantf. 25r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 25 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are at the end of the antiphons for the first nocturn of the matins of St Stephen, followed by the first, second and third responsories of (obviously) the same matins. Beautiful S with mysteriously not fully coloured top half. There are several proofs (again) that this capital was made after text and music. (mais…)

Mateus d’Aranda • Adjuva nos Deus

Iberian PolyphonyMateus d’Aranda’s (c.1495-1548) motet Adjuva nos Deus, for four voices, was recorded by my group Ensemble Eborensis, in our open rehearsal at Évora Museum, 6 June 2014, with the video produced by associação de ideias.

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…)