Ensemble Eborensis, September 14

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lagoa (Monsaraz)Nex Sunday (September 14), at 17:00, I’ll be singing and conducting Ensemble Eborensis at the church of Nossa Senhora da Lagoa in the beautiful village of Monsaraz. The group will participate in the solemn mass for the feast of Senhor Jesus dos Passos, the main religious event in the village. We will perform works by Manuel Mendes, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Francisco Martins, Aires Fernandes and Manuel de Tavares; music that was intended for the mass and office. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis

Ensemble Eborensis (August 2014)Before our concert last 28 August we made a sort of improvised”photo shoot” outside the church of S. João Evangelista that has the Roman Temple as backgroud!

This is the actual formation of Ensemble Eborensis. From left to right: me (tenor), Ana Lopes (superius), Afonso Teles (bassus), Ana Lúcia Carvalho (altus) and Cláudia Anjos (superius).

Many thanks to José Manuel Farinha, who took the photo, who is a fine guitarrist.

Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, September 2

Igreja do SalvadorTomorrow (September 1), 21:30, I’ll be singing with Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, directed by Eduardo Martins, at the Igreja do Salvador, Évora. The concert being integrated in the activities of the Culture Bureau of Alentejo.

We will be singing 17th-century polyphony from Évora Cathedral, of composers like Manuel Cardoso, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Estêvão de Brito, Manuel Mendes and Diogo Dias Melgaz. (mais…)

Ensemble Eborensis, August 28

2014.08.28 Igreja dos LóiosTomorrow, (August 28) 19:00, I’ll be singing with my group Ensemble Eborensis at the Church of St John Evangelist, commonly known as Church of the Convent of Lóios, at Évora. This is a concert to help raising funds (food supplies) for an associacion called Pão e Paz (Bread and Peace) that helps less fortunate persons in the city of Évora, cooking about 300 daily meals at the association’s refectory. The cost of entry to the concert will be a good (anything that can be useful for the preparation of the daily meals by this association). (mais…)

On the Feast of St Bernard

chantOdoriferum lilium is one of the responsories for Matins of the feast of this saint. I really enjoy this one in particular for the beautiful design of the melodic line and the low tessitura. This was one of the examples I used in my talk last year, at the “Residência Cisterciense” in the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, Évora, a feminine cistercian house that had quite a lot of music activity during the seveenteenth and eighteenth centuries. (mais…)

Aires Fernandes • Jesu Redemptor [I]

Iberian PolyphonyVideo of the first of two settings of Jesu Redemptor, for four voices, by Aires Fernandes (fl. 1550), which served as a refrain for the litany pro Defunctis. The recording was made during Ensemble Eborensis’s last concert 16 July 2014 in Évora, and the video was produced in collaboration with associção de ideias. (mais…)

Polyphonia 14: Morago: Magnificat Primi Toni

polyphonia-014This is the edition number 14 of the “Polyphonia” series, featuring Portuguese sacred vocal polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries, edited by MPMP – Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa. This number is the fith number devoted to the music of Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), composer of Spanish birth who spent all his life in Portugal, studided at the claustra of Évora Cathedral and was mestre de capela at Viseu Cathedral. (mais…)