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…)

Polyphonia 11: Matheo d’Aranda

polyphonia 011The edition I prepared of Mateus d’Aranda surviving polyphonic works is finally available through the Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa. This edition comprised the two known works (besides the two treatises) by the Spanish composer Mateus d’Aranda (c.1495-1548), an influent figure in Portuguese music of the first half of the 16th century. The two surviving works presented here are both for four voices (SATB): an Adjuva nos Deus and two fragments of a Credo. To be noted that the second fragment of this Credo still uses the pre-tridentine text setting “Et vitam futuri saeculi” (instead of the post-tridentine and actual “Et vitam venturi saeculi”). (mais…)

New Musicological Project

Following the presentation of the paper “Matins for the Feast of St. Bernard” at the “Residência Cisterciense” (Évora), a new project arose in my head for a new phase of my life that is starting this Winter. It will be a long-term project that envolves working new repertoire. I must confess that I neglected it, which was at the time a big mistake of my part. (mais…)

Transcribing, Performing

EDUARDI LVPIProbably one of the musicologist’s dreams, is to see his transcriptions and music editions being performed… at least that is my upmost objective. During this Summer “holidays” I have been at work with several manuscripts and prints of sixteenth-century Portuguese polyphonic works. Here at Angra do Heroísmo - a UNESCO world heritage centre – this objective is becoming a reality. (mais…)

musicaneo.com Easter Suggestions

MusicaNeo chose my edition of Portuguese composer Diogo Dias Melgás’s (1638-1700) motet In Monte Olivetti to incorporate a selection of ten suggested works related with Holy Week and Easter.

I am honored that one of my editions was selected among thousands (about 150 000 scores online). It is also an honor to see a work by Diogo Dias Melgás together with composers like Wolfgang A. Mozart, Melchior Vulpius or Franz Schubert. A sign that the Portuguese polyphony is no less than other music.

Alonso Lobo • Versa est in luctum

Alonso LoboLast couple of days I was preparing the edition of Alonso Lobo’s Versa est in luctum (for 6 vv.). The direct contact with this work reminded me of the great achievements of these Iberian composers, of the contrapuntal design and expressiveness one can extract from these works. The powerful emotions you get when you hear and work on the musical text cannot be compared to actually perform this work. I hope to sing it one day.

Lobo’s setting of the funeral motet Versa est in luctum was written for the funeral rites of the powerful Spanish ruler King Philip II (in 1598), being published in the composer’s Liber Primus Missarum (Madrid, 1602) with the title “Ad exequias Philip. II Cathol. Regis Hisp.”. (mais…)