“Illuminations: Treasures of the Middle Ages”

This is a 30-minute documentary from channel BBC-Four entitled Illuminations: Treasures of the Middle Ages. Its a quite interesting documentary, which starts from an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge “which contains some of the world’s most important illuminated manuscripts which are highlighted and accessed for their place in the history of art and book production”. (mais…)

Manuel Mendes’s “Asperges Me”

Interpretation of Portuguese composer Manuel Mendes’s antiphon Asperges me, by Portuguese early music group Officium Vocal Ensemble, directed by Pedro Teixeira.

Togheter with another Asperges me for 8vv., a 2 masses and an Alleluia, this is one of the few works which have survived by this composer.

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Estêvão Lopes Morago: A Biographical Note

Estêvão Lopes Morago (or Estebán Lopez Morago) was born in Vallecas (near Madrid), c1575 and died probably in Orgens (near Viseu), around 1630. He was a Portuguese composer of Spanish birth.

He studied at the Colégio dos Moços (at Évora Cathedral) from 1592 to 1596 with Filipe de Magalhães, receiving his bachelor’s degree on 3 March 1596. In 1599, he was appointed Mestre de Capela at the cathedral of Viseu. He was already a priest and licenciate when, in 27 September 1605, the bishop of Viseu instituted him in a benefice of S. Pedro da Cota. (mais…)

Sobre o ‘Roteiro Cultural dos Açores’

«O lançamento do Roteiro Cultural dos Açores, uma edição da Presidência do Governo, através da Direção Regional da Cultura, terá lugar na próxima sexta-feira, dia 11 de maio, pelas 18h00, no Pavilhão da APEL, no decorrer da Feira do Livro de Lisboa.

Presentes neste evento estarão o Diretor Regional da Cultura, Jorge Paulus Bruno, o coordenador científico do projeto, António Machado Pires, que fará, igualmente, a apresentação da obra, e o Diretor do Centro Nacional de Cultura, instituição responsável pela produção da mesma, Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins.

O Roteiro Cultural dos Açores congrega 28 artigos, assinados por reputados especialistas, acerca de diversos temas relativos aos Açores. Os primórdios da descoberta e do povoamento, o património histórico, subaquático e reconhecido pela UNESCO, a biodiversidade e a vulcanologia, os recursos naturais e marinhos, a arquitetura tradicional, civil, religiosa e militar, as instituições autonómicas, culturais e a universidade, o caráter religioso, as crenças e as festas populares, as personalidades mais marcantes da cultura, o artesanato, a gastronomia, o chá e a tauromaquia constituem o variado leque de temas abordados neste volume. (mais…)

Great Dates: “Palestrina and the Rise of the Violin

A documentary by Howard Goodall.

«The year is 1564 and Europe is still reeling from the effects of the Reformation. The sacred music of the two churches Catholic and Protestant was developing in completely different ways. Instrumental music was also rapidly gaining in importance as was ballet, championed by Catherine de’ Medici, Queen of France. From the violin, which dominated her dance bands, the orchestra would emerge.» (mais…)

Documentary on Tomás Luis de Victoria

God’s Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria is the title of a documentary that was aired on BBC 4 that is centered on the life and music of Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. It is narrated by Simon Russell Beale (Sacred Music series) and the musical performance is by The Sixteen leaded by Harry Christophers. The documentary’s title seems a bit “commercial”. Although we only know sacred works by Victoria the term “God’s composer” seems to me a bit exaggerated. The music in this documentary comprises works like Sancta Maria, Succurre Miseris, Vidi Speciosam a 6, the double-choir setting of the Salve Regina among other masterpieces of this master. (mais…)