This 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…)
Mateus d’Aranda’s (c.1495-1548) motet Adjuva nos Deus, for four voices, was recorded by my group Ensemble Eborensis, in our open rehearsal at Évora Museum, 6 June 2014, with the video produced by associação de ideias.
Mateus 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…)
Next 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…)
I’ll be singing tomorrow (June 7), 21:30, with Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica, directed by Eduardo Martins, at the auditorium of the Cultural Centre in Redondo, a village near Évora. This is my first concert with the choir since my return to the city of Évora.
We will perform sacred vocal polyphony from Évora Cathedral, with works by Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo, Estêvão Lopes Morago and Estêvão de Brito, among others.
Tomorrow (June 6) 16:00, I’ll be singing with with my group Ensemble Eborensis at Évora Museum, just next to Évora Cathedral, in an open rehearsal for those who visit this museum. We will be at the beautiful archeology section, that has a beautiful portic from the time of king D. Manuel and will perform music by masters from the Cathedral. (mais…)
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…)