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…)
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 24 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this episode one can find the Processional antiphons BMV. These antiphons are also to be used on Marian Vespers, with Magnificat, up until Purification (2 February).
Start of Matins Stephen (the First Martyr, 26 December) with the invitatorium combining Christmas and Stephen theme and six antiphons of first nocturn. (mais…)
Of the three polychoral works by Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito (c.1575-1641) present in his Motectorum Liber the motet Vidi Dominum, for eight voices (SATB+SATB) was the only one to be recorded in cd until now. The other two works, also for eight voices, are O Rex gloriae, a motet that I have been writing a lot, and Dum complerentur. The motet has the indication In die Trinitatis et Omnium Sanctorum that is, it was destined to the Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of All Saints. (mais…)
Tomorrow I’ll be singing with Ensemble Eborensis at the diploma presentations at the Colégio do Espírito Santo – University of Évora. This will be a brief intervention of the ensemble, where we will perform only three small works. The first one is a three-voice verse Hodie illuxit nobis from Duarte Lobo’s double-choir Christmas responsory Hodie nobis de caelo and, secondly, two songs for three voices with lyrics by Luís de Camões from the Cancioneiro de Paris, one of the few 16th-century Portuguese secular music sources. (mais…)
Estudos Musicológicos 31
Cerimonial da Capela Real: Um manual litúrgico de D. Maria de Portugal (1538-1577) Princesa de Parma
Cerca de 450 anos depois da sua escrita, eis o Cerimonial da Capela Real do uso da Infanta D. Maria (1538-1577), filha do Infante D. Duarte e sobrinha de D. João III. Não se trata de uma obra impressa, qual manual oficialmente adoptado pelos patronos reais, nem sequer de um documento sistematicamente organizado. (mais…)
I found these videos on YouTube of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Emendemus in melius, an imitation mass for which the model was not yet been identified, but it looks like it would be a 4-voice motet. The mass was printed in the 7th book of masses, published in 1594. Palestrina exceeds himself in setting the second Agnus Dei. He expands the texture from four to five voices, adding a second tenor with a carefully controlled cannon between this voice and the bassus. (mais…)
After Ensemble Eborensis‘s open rehearsal at Évora Museum. We performed 16th and 17th-century sacred vocal polyphony from our programme “Masters of Évora Cathedral, featuring works by Mateus d’Aranda, Manuel Mendes, Manuel Cardoso, Estêvão Lopes Morago. This was our first public appearance after the group’s reorganization.