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.

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…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #050

chantf. 24v

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 24 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this episode one can find the Processional antiphons BMV. These antiphons are also to be used on Marian Vespers, with Magnificat, up until Purification (2 February).

Start of Matins Stephen (the First Martyr, 26 December) with the invitatorium combining Christmas and Stephen theme and six antiphons of first nocturn. (mais…)

Estêvão de Brito • Vidi Dominum

Of the three polychoral works by Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito (c.1575-1641) present in his Motectorum Liber the motet Vidi Dominum, for eight voices (SATB+SATB) was the only one to be recorded in cd until now. The other two works, also for eight voices, are O Rex gloriae, a motet that I have been writing a lot, and Dum complerentur. The motet has the indication In die Trinitatis et Omnium Sanctorum that is, it was destined to the Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of All Saints. (mais…)