“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…)

David Ackert on Being an Artist

I don’t usually post any texts of “how artists suffer and have to paided for their work”. But after reading this brief text by David Ackert (I do not know where it was published), I cannot be indifferent to it. In nowadays this profile of an artist is escalating to a much more dramatic situation. In my opinion it is very well written.

«Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime… (mais…)

Congresso Internacional “D. Henrique”

Congresso Internacional

“D. Henrique e as Múltiplas Dimensões do Poder no Século XVI”

Rompendo com as narrativas tradicionais, a historiografia contemporânea sobre D. Henrique reposiciona‐o num contexto cronológico de longa duração, enquadrando‐o no complexo feixe de alterações políticas, institucionais, culturais e religiosas que Portugal viveu no século XVI. (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.


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…)

Na Outra Margem | 06-06-2012

«Uma longa carreira dedicada ao piano, divergente dos trajectos tradicionais, abordando repertórios que incluem música portuguesa. Por entre uma extensa discografia, gravou Carlos Seixas, Francisco de Lacerda, Jorge Peixinho e Fernando Lopes Graça – retornando a este no seu novo CD-duplo, monográfico, que inclui quatro obras do compositor tomarense, três das quais nunca antes registadas, entre elas o histórico Canto de Amor e de Morte, na versão original. (mais…)