O primeiro de três breves textos que preparei sobre polifonia vocal sacra portuguesa para o Natal, que estão a ser publicados no site da revista 9ID - um projecto novo, diferente e bem organizado, que espero possa ajudar a colmatar uma grande falha de divulgação do que se faz nos Açores e o que é feito por açorianos. (mais…)
The motet for the Second Sunday in Advent takes its text from the offertorium of the mass for this Sunday.
Like the first Sunday, I use Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s motet Deus tu convertens (I am restricted to the works available at YouTube). (mais…)
Manuel de Tavares was an early-seventeenth century composer, who was born in Portalegre. He held the post of maestro di capilla in several Spanish cathedrals like Baeza, Murcia, Las Palmas and Cuenca (there is an brief text in Portuguese on this composer here).
Although a quite known composer in his time, the music of Manuel de Tavares was almost completely forgoten from the modern editions – mostly the Portugaliae Musica series which only features one work – probably due to the sources being extant outside Portugal (Spain and Mexico). (mais…)
“Portuguese music enjoyed its most spectacular flowering in the early seventeenth century. Many of the greatest composers were gathered in the capital Lisbon, and this was a period when many Portuguese musicians also made their careers in Spain, which was then linked to Portugal politically. This recording presents masterpieces of Portuguese polyphony from Lisbon and Granada brought to light by the choir’s director, Owen Rees. (mais…)
It is always gratifying to see one of our music editions being performed. It’s like bringing a treasure back to life. Specially when this work is integrated in the context for which it was written. This is the case of Ludovice Ensemble’s concert at the 25th edition of the festival “Música em São Roque”, promoted by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia at São Roque Church in Lisbon. (mais…)
Last year I edited one of the few Christmas responsories sets by composers active in Portugal during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in this case, the Spanish-born composer Estêvão Lopes Morago.
These are the eight responsories for four voices, with the versicles of several of them for three voices (usually SAT). These lively works, in which we can include the Advent motets for four (polyphonia 20 – in preparation) and five (polyphonia 5) voices, contrast with the more heavy emotions of the Lent and Holy Week works. Quite joyful are the Hodie nobis caelorum, Quem vidistis Pastores? and the Verbum caro. (mais…)
The first number of the “Polyphonia” series, featuring Portuguese polyphony until 1700, is made up of two works I edited. This number comprises the “famous” Alleluia and the Missa Ferialis, both for four voices, by Portuguese composer Manuel Mendes (c.1547-1605). The Alleluia was a well-known work, with sources in Portugal, Spain and Mexico. The Missa Ferialis (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) is probably the only transcription (with ficta added) from the now illegible manuscript held at Évora Library. (mais…)