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…)
Precisely a year ago on August 5th, we were closing at the Curch of Santa Cruz (in Praia da Vitória) a week with seven concerts here at Terceira island. It was the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th Centuries”, a series of seven concerts organized by the Angra Cathedral liturgical choir. (mais…)
I’m heading to my home island for a couple of weeks of rest so I scheduled almost dayly posts – a sort of “polyphonic work of the day” – with my favourite works by Portuguese composers of the 16th and 17th centuries or foreign composers that had influence in the music written in Portugal. These two centuries were probably the golden age of Portuguese music; one cannot judge one composer better than the other for almost all of them have some feature that lacks in the former one. It was a time musically rich and full of diversity, although there is always someone who tries to put the same label – of stile antico – to these composers, I sometimes being one of them. (mais…)
The last couple of days were spent at Évora, working with some friends from the recently created Ensemble Eborensis. This can be a truly interesting project: hard-working friends with a thirst to know more about polyphony and how it works.
It was also interesting to come back to where I studied a couple of years before with a new project. One that was orientated by me and is working on “new” repertoire. Works by composers that named the department and one of the resident ensembles. (mais…)
I’m travelling today to the beautiful city of Angra do Heroísmo (photo), Azores, for some rehearsals of the Christmas concert. It is really a nice feeling to return to this city, where I lived recently. (mais…)
Quem vidistis Pastores? is the third responsory for Christmas Matins, for four voices (with the verse for SAT), by Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630). This responsory is part of the few complete sets written by Portuguese composers or composers active in Portugual.
This video comes from Ensemble da Sé de Angra’s concert at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Angra Museum), 31 July 2012, in the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th Centuries”. (mais…)
Invitatório das Matinas de Natal, Christus Natus Est Nobis, de Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), gravado no concerto de 30 de Julho na Sé de Angra, terceiro concerto do Festival “Música Ibérica Séculos XVI & XVII”, que decorre em Angra do Heroísmo e Praia da Vitória de 28 de Julho a 5 de Agosto. (mais…)