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…)

Revisiting “Sulitânia”

SulitâniaIt was with satisfaction that I received last June the news that Coro Polifónico Eborae Musica will participate with Portuguese popular music group Ronda dos Quatro Caminhos in a concert next month in Évora, following the choir collaboration in the 2007 project-CD Sulitânia.

In 2006 Eborae Musica collaborated with this group in a concert at Teatro Garcia de Resende in Évora. The recording of the  songs featured in the CD took place in February 2007. In 3 May 2008 the choir participated in a concert at Aula Magna in 3 May toghether with the other groups and Orquestra Sinfonieta de Lisboa. (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…)

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…)

Texto no “Fazendo” N.º 94


Fazendo 94Acaba de ser publicado no número 9 da revista cultural Fazendo, que se publica na cidade da Horta, o meu texto intitulado “Áureo Castro: Uma nota biográfica”, que incide sobre o perfil do padre Áureo da Costa Nunes e Castro, nascido na Candelária ((ilha do Pico) e que fez carreira musical em Macau, tendo fundado uma série de instituições musicais nessa cidade, que ainda hoje se mantêm em actividade. Este texto está incluído na série “Notas biográficas sobre compositores portugueses”, uma colecção de pequenos textos de divulgação que tenho vindo a escrever. (mais…)

Concert at Igreja do Senhor Jesus da Pobreza

2014.07.16 Ensemble Eborensis (4)Photo from the concert with Ensemble Eborensis last 16 July at Igreja do Senhor Jesus da Pobreza, in Évora. We performed our programme “Masters from Évora Cathedral: Sacred vocal polypony from the 16th and 17th centuries”, featuring works by Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes, Estêvão Lopes Morago and Francisco Martins among others.