In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 26 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this folio are present the fifth and sixth antiphon of second nocturn for the feast of St Stephen. The first antiphon of the page is one of the simplest thinkable. Very fine L capital on Lapidabant of the first responsory in the second nocturn. (mais…)
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 25 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. In this episode we are still in the Matins for the feast of St Stephen (26 December). (mais…)
Video of the first of two settings of Jesu Redemptor, for four voices, by Aires Fernandes (fl. 1550), which served as a refrain for the litany pro Defunctis. The recording was made during Ensemble Eborensis’s last concert 16 July 2014 in Évora, and the video was produced in collaboration with associção de ideias. (mais…)
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.
In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 25 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are at the end of the antiphons for the first nocturn of the matins of St Stephen, followed by the first, second and third responsories of (obviously) the same matins. Beautiful S with mysteriously not fully coloured top half. There are several proofs (again) that this capital was made after text and music. (mais…)
Mateus d’Aranda’s (c.1495-1548) motet Adjuva nos Deus, for four voices, was recorded by my group Ensemble Eborensis, in our open rehearsal at Évora Museum, 6 June 2014, with the video produced by associação de ideias.
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…)