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…)
Digital edition of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of Ave Maria. This work is set for two choirs SATB. The Ave Maria a 8 is extant in one of the various Vatican (I-Rvat) manuscripts containing music by Palestrina. I must say that, in some occasions, I have the feeling that this work is not only by Palestrina but has later additions, like the example of the Stabat Mater a 8, which has further additions by Felice Anerio. Despite any misattributions this is still a fantastic work. This is edition is transposed a tone downwards and original note values were kept. (mais…)
The digital edition of Portuguese composer Diogo Dias Melgás’s (1638-1700) motet Salve Regina. The text is taken from the hymn to the Virgin Mary. Original pitch and original note values were kept in this edition.
This work was recorded by Pro Cantione Antiqua in their cd Music of the Portuguese Renaissance and, more recently, by The Sixteen in their cd A Golden Age of Portuguese Music. (mais…)
Digital edition of Portuguese composer Estêvão Lopes Morago’s (c1575-c1630) Ut Queant Laxis. This is the Vespers hymn from the Feast of St John the Baptist. In music history, it was in the first stanza of this hymn that Guido d’Arezzo based on for the attribution of the names of the seven notes (ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la and si).
Original pitch and original note values were kept in this edition (mais…)
The digital edition of Portuguese composer Diogo Dias Melgás’s (1638-1700) motet Memento Homo.
This motet uses a passage from Genesis 3, 19 which is sung during Lent. (mais…)
Edition of Portuguese composer Filipe de Magalhães’s Agnus Dei. This is the last rubric of the mass O Soberana Luz, published in his 1936 Liber Missarum. This work is scored for SSATB. Original pitch and original note values were kept in this edition. For performance one can transposed it down a whole tone. (mais…)
Edition of Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito’s (c1575-1641) Lamentations for Maundy Thursday. The text comes from the first part of the first Lesson of the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah. This work is scored for SATB. Original pitch was kept and note values were halved in this edition.