18th-Century Chant Books in the Azores

18th Century Chant Books in the Azores

This project intends to study some of the eighteenth-century plainchant sources extant in the Azores Archipelago. This region is made of nine islands which had a strong religious influence, especially after the Council of Trent. Most of the printed sources of this repertoire are from the first half of the eighteenth century. This work is devoted to the manuscript sources and the melody variants, when confronted with printed sources of the time and what is sung actually. There is still a great lack in the study of plainchant in the post-tridentine period. The proliferation of polyphony and the concertatto style blurred these sources that were still in use in late nineteenth century.

There is actually no specific methodology being followed in choosing the works to be recorded. The first and large corpus of this repertoire is to be found at Angra Cathedral, which will be the starting point for this project. Each of the recordings will be presented in individual blog posts. In the case of the antiphons, I chose not to record the psalms. The order should be: antiphon – psalm (omitted in the recording) – doxology (Gloria Patri… saeculorum amen) – repetition of the antiphon.

Videos

The list bellow follows the incipit, feast, gender and time, and the source.

  1. Salve Crux praetiosa (In Festo S. Andreae A.P., antiphona 1 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  2. Beatus Andreas orabat (In Festo S. Andreae A.P., antiphona 2 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  3. Andreas Christi famulus (In Festo S. Andreae A.P., antiphona 3 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  4. Maximillis Christo amabilis (In Festo S. Andreae A.P., antiphona 4 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  5. Qui persequebantur justum (In Festo S. Andreae A.P., antiphona 5 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  6. Ave Maria, gratia plena (In Festo Expectatio B.M.V., antiphona 2 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral MM 383)
  7. Ne timeas Maria (In Festo Expectatio B.M.V., antiphona 3 ad Laudes, Angra Cathedral, MM 383)

 

Playlist with the complete recordings HERE

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