Manuel de Tavares was an early-seventeenth century composer, who was born in Portalegre. He held the post of maestro di capilla in several Spanish cathedrals like Baeza, Murcia, Las Palmas and Cuenca (there is an brief text in Portuguese on this composer here).
Although a quite known composer in his time, the music of Manuel de Tavares was almost completely forgoten from the modern editions – mostly the Portugaliae Musica series which only features one work – probably due to the sources being extant outside Portugal (Spain and Mexico). (mais…)
It is always gratifying to see one of our music editions being performed. It’s like bringing a treasure back to life. Specially when this work is integrated in the context for which it was written. This is the case of Ludovice Ensemble’s concert at the 25th edition of the festival “Música em São Roque”, promoted by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia at São Roque Church in Lisbon. (mais…)
Last year I edited one of the few Christmas responsories sets by composers active in Portugal during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in this case, the Spanish-born composer Estêvão Lopes Morago.
These are the eight responsories for four voices, with the versicles of several of them for three voices (usually SAT). These lively works, in which we can include the Advent motets for four (polyphonia 20 – in preparation) and five (polyphonia 5) voices, contrast with the more heavy emotions of the Lent and Holy Week works. Quite joyful are the Hodie nobis caelorum, Quem vidistis Pastores? and the Verbum caro. (mais…)
The first number of the “Polyphonia” series, featuring Portuguese polyphony until 1700, is made up of two works I edited. This number comprises the “famous” Alleluia and the Missa Ferialis, both for four voices, by Portuguese composer Manuel Mendes (c.1547-1605). The Alleluia was a well-known work, with sources in Portugal, Spain and Mexico. The Missa Ferialis (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) is probably the only transcription (with ficta added) from the now illegible manuscript held at Évora Library. (mais…)
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…)
Probably 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…)
Música Sacra de Portugal Vol. 1 – O Rito Bracarense
Following my collaboration with the vocal ensemble Capella Duriensis, directed by Jonathan Ayerst, in preparing scores and musicolagical advice, here is the first cd of a collection of six volumes dedicated to Portuguese sacred music.
The first volume of this series is dedicated to the music used at Braga Cathedral, in the so-called Braga Rite. This music features works by late-16th century chapel masters of the Cathedral as is the case of the motets by Pero de Gamboa, according to some musicologists some of the finest works of Portuguese polyphony, and the Missa pro Defunctis of Gamboa’s successor Lourenço Ribeiro. (mais…)