Mateus d’Aranda • Adjuva nos Deus

Iberian PolyphonyMateus d’Aranda was mestre de capela and mestre da claustra at Évora Cathedral from at least 1528 until 1544. During this period at Évora he published two treatises – one on plainchant (1533) and one on mesural chant (1535) – which are thought to be the first music to be printed in Portugal. Although a very important music theoretician, as a composer almost nothing is kwnown of him. The only works that survived are two fragments of a Credo and a motet, which uses the text from the tract for Feria Quarta in Cinerum, for four voices. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, July 16

2014.07.16 Ensemble EborensisTomorrow (July 16) 18:30, I’ll be singing with with my group Ensemble Eborensis at the Church of Senhor Jesus da Pobreza, in the historical centre of Évora, in an event promoted by the Cultural Bureau delegation of Alentejo, the School of Arts of Évora University and the Military Command (the church’s owner) of this church’s reopening to public visits.

We will be performing our programme “Masters of Évora Cathedral: 16th and 17th-century sacred vocal polyphony”, comprising works by composers like Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes, Manuel Cardoso, Aires Fernandes and Francisco Martins among others. (mais…)

Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, July 12

Música nos Claustros 2014Next Saturday (July 12), 21:30, I’ll be singing with Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, directed by Eduardo Martins, at the cloisters of Convento dos Remédios, Évora. The concert is part of the festival “Música nos Claustros”, promoted by Eborae Musica.

We will be singing the programme “Por liames bucólicos e populares”, featuring sixteenth-century madrigals and chansons and music by Estêvão Lopes Morago, Fernando Lopes Graça and Eurico Carrapatoso. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, June 27

Colégio do Espírito Santo (Évora)Tomorrow I’ll be singing with Ensemble Eborensis at the diploma presentations at the Colégio do Espírito Santo – University of Évora. This will be a brief intervention of the ensemble, where we will perform only three small works. The first one is a three-voice verse Hodie illuxit nobis from Duarte Lobo’s double-choir Christmas responsory Hodie nobis de caelo and, secondly, two songs for three voices with lyrics by Luís de Camões from the Cancioneiro de Paris, one of the few 16th-century Portuguese secular music sources. (mais…)

Promo Ensemble Eborensis

 This is the first promotional video of Ensemble Eborensis, made in collaboration with  Sítio das Artes, that focuses on our first programme “Masters of Évora Cathedral: Sacred vocal polyphony of the 16th & 17th centuries”. This programme features music from composers like Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes (the musical excerpt you hear on the video is from the opening of the introitus from Mendes’ Missa pro Defunctis a 4).

Rehearsal at Évora Museum

2014-06-06-ensaio-aberto-museu-de-c3a9vora-1After Ensemble Eborensis‘s open rehearsal at Évora Museum. We performed 16th and 17th-century sacred vocal polyphony from our programme “Masters of Évora Cathedral, featuring works by Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes, Manuel Cardoso, Estêvão Lopes Morago. This was our first public appearance after the group’s reorganization.