Haven’t been writing much here in the last weeks, much due to the amount of work that is in my hands at the moment. A sudden change of residence and quite a few changes. I’m at the moment preparing some new editions of unknown polyphony for performance and, possibly, some recording to be posted on YouTube… as always. But more news will be given soon. (mais…)
Responsory for four voices, by Portuguese composer Francisco Martins (1628-1680). This is the fifth responsory at Matins for Holy Saturday, of the sets composed by Martins for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday respectively. Martins studied at Évora Cathedral and was mestre de capela at Elvas Cathedral. This is one of the recordings this group made at Angra Cathedral in early August 2013. (mais…)
The Motet Sepulto Domino, for four voices, by Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630) is one of three small works for Holy Week that are present in the P-Va Ms 3. This work uses part of the text of the last responsory at matins for Holy Saturday.
This video was recorded during Ensemble da Sé de Angra‘s concert at the Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz (city of Praia da Vitória), 3 February 2013. (mais…)
I’ll be singing with the choir of Angra Cathedral during this year’s Holy Week ceremonies. This year we will not be doing 17th-century sacred polyphony (I sung and directed the choir two years ago), but Portuguese liturgical music, which will be directed by the choir master Jorge Barbosa. Some of the antiphons were written especially for this occasion by my good friend and mestre de capela of the Cathedral Duarte Gonçalves da Rosa.
Last year, as an exercise for one of my master seminars, we did a transcription of the Kyrie from Mathieu Gascongne’s Missa “Mijn herte”, an imitation mass on Pierre de La Rue’s chanson. I really enjoyed the exercise: the source used was the beautiful Occo Codex. At the time I though “well this is a wonderful work, it should be recorded”. Well, it did, although at that time I didn’t know of any recordings. (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…)
Next September 20 (after 14:00) I’ll be singing with Ensemble Eborensis at the “Residência Cisterciense” which will take part at the monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, from 18 to 21 September, which has the theme “the silence”. This will be a sort of “conference-concert” with commentaries by me and my former teacher at the University of Évora, Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira. In the first part of the concert we will perform several of the responsories for the Feast of Saint Bernard, which I transcribed from the 13th-century antiphonary Ms 25 extant at the monastery of Arouca. (mais…)