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…)

João Lourenço Rebelo • Panis angelicus

João Lourenço Rebelo’s motet Panis angelicus is, to me,  one of the most interesting mid-seveenthenth-century works of Portuguese polyphony. The motet is written for seven voices a capella contrary to most of Rebelo’s music, which always features a continuo part, and stands out as a fine example of what was achieved in terms of the prossecution of stile antico writing. A fine recording with a nice video by Portuguese group Capella Duriensis, directed by Jonathan Aeyrst.

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…)

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.