Call for Papers “A Música na Ordem Franciscana”

I Seminário Nacional Estudos Franciscanos10 de Maio de 2014 | Centro de Estudos Franciscanos (Porto, Portugal)

I Seminário Nacional
“A Música na Província Portuguesa da Ordem Franciscana”

Este primeiro Seminário Nacional sobre a Música na Ordem Franciscana na sua Província Portuguesa, pretende avaliar a presença e o papel da música na Ordem Franciscana em Portugal, versando as seguintes áreas temáticas: (mais…)

Mattias Lundberg – Tonus Peregrinus

Tonus Peregrinus: The History of a Psalm-tone and its use in Polyphonic Music

Dr Mattias Lundberg investigates the historical role of a deviant psalm-tone, the tonus peregrinus, focusing on its applications in polyphonic music within all major branches of Western liturgy. Throughout the remarkably persistent tradition of applying this melody to polyphony, from the ninth century right up to the twenty-first, coeval music theory is able to shed light on the problems it has posed to modal and tonal practice at various historical stages. The musical settings studied hold up a mirror to the general development of psalmody, concerning practices of organum, diverse regional forms of fauxbourdon, cantus firmus composition, free imitation, parody, fugue, quodlibet, monody, and many other compositional techniques where the unique features of the psalm-tone have necessitated modification of existing practices. (mais…)

Ensemble da Sé de Angra, December 14, 15

SONY DSCToday and tomorrow I will be singing plainchant at the cerimonies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, held at the church of S. Gonçalo and Angra Cathedral. The interesting thing about these ceremonies is that for the first time I’ll be singing from the sources held at Angra Cathedral, a group of about 40 manuscripts and chant books made in the islands in the last decades of the eighteenth century and nineteenth century. (mais…)

Residência Cisterciense S. Bento de Cástris

S. Bento de Cástris 20-09-2013 (2)Photo from the presentation of my paper at the “Residência Cisterciense” in the monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, just outside Évora. I talked about several responsories for the Feast of Saint Bernard, together with an introductory part presented by my former teacher at the University of Évora, Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira.

Matins for the Feast of St. Bernard at Évora

S. Bento de CástrisNext friday I’ll be presenting the paper “Matins for the Feast of St. Bernard” at the “Residência Cisterciense” at the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, Évora. As the title suggests, the paper revolves around the chants of Matins for the feast of Saint Bernard, following my transcription of several responsories from the Arouca Convent manuscript 25, of cistercian origin, probably made at the Alcobaça Abbey. During the presentation I will sung several excerpts from these responsories. (mais…)

David Hiley – Gregorian Chant

9780521690355cvr.qxdWhat is Gregorian chant, and where does it come from? What purpose does it serve, and how did it take on the form and features which make it instantly recognizable? Designed to guide students through this key topic, this book answers these questions and many more. David Hiley describes the church services in which chant is performed, takes the reader through the church year, explains what Latin texts were used, and, taking Worcester Cathedral as an example, describes the buildings in which it was sung. The history of chant is traced from its beginnings in the early centuries of Christianity, through the Middle Ages, the revisions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the restoration in the nineteenth and twentieth. (mais…)

PMMS 125th Anniversary

pmms logoThere’s no place like Rome: Centres of music and liturgy before 1550

PMMS members are warmly invited to the AGM study day on 10 July 2013, held at Bedern in the city of York. The day will celebrate the Society’s 125th anniversary with a wine reception and free evening concert of conductus by candlelight, two public lectures and a series of papers held in medieval venues in York city centre. The theme of the day is the exploration of centres of music and liturgy before 1550, and will have a good balance of talks on plainchant and polyphony. Speakers include Roger Bowers, Emma Hornby, Rebecca Maloy, Andrew Kirkman, Jim Borders, Thomas Schmidt, Matthew Ward and Hannah Vlhova.

More info HERE