Following the presentation of the paper “Matins for the Feast of St. Bernard” at the “Residência Cisterciense” (Évora), a new project arose in my head for a new phase of my life that is starting this Winter. It will be a long-term project that envolves working new repertoire. I must confess that I neglected it, which was at the time a big mistake of my part. (mais…)
Precisely a year ago on August 5th, we were closing at the Curch of Santa Cruz (in Praia da Vitória) a week with seven concerts here at Terceira island. It was the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th Centuries”, a series of seven concerts organized by the Angra Cathedral liturgical choir. (mais…)
Estêvão Lopes Morago’s (c.1575-c.1630) motet pro defunctis Comissa mea pavesco is, for me, one of the most “word-paintfull” works that I know of polyphony written in Portugal. This motet is scored for six voices (SSAATB). In this case, it’s a masterwork by an almost unknown composer who lived all his life in Viseu, a city in the interior of Portugal. (mais…)
I’m travelling today to the beautiful city of Angra do Heroísmo (photo), Azores, for some rehearsals of the Christmas concert. It is really a nice feeling to return to this city, where I lived recently. (mais…)
A musical suggestion for today, Feast of All Saints. Tomás Luis de Victoria bring us a fine example from his musical output: the four-voice motet O Quam Gloriosum. This motet has the indication In Omnium Sanctorum (for All Saints) and was published in the Book of motets of 1572 and republished in 1583, 1585, 1589 and 1603, showing that it was a very popular work. Based on this motet, Victoria wrote later a parody mass also for four voices. (mais…)
Quem vidistis Pastores? is the third responsory for Christmas Matins, for four voices (with the verse for SAT), by Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630). This responsory is part of the few complete sets written by Portuguese composers or composers active in Portugual.
This video comes from Ensemble da Sé de Angra’s concert at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Guia (Angra Museum), 31 July 2012, in the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th Centuries”. (mais…)
Invitatório das Matinas de Natal, Christus Natus Est Nobis, de Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), gravado no concerto de 30 de Julho na Sé de Angra, terceiro concerto do Festival “Música Ibérica Séculos XVI & XVII”, que decorre em Angra do Heroísmo e Praia da Vitória de 28 de Julho a 5 de Agosto. (mais…)