Pedro de Cristo • Missa Salve Regina (Benedictus)

Recording of the Benedictus from Missa Salve Regina by Portuguese composer Pedro de Cristo (c.1550-1618). This is quite a unique mass, first because it is based on the known marian antiphon Salve Regina, although the richness of motifs and intricated counterpoint points more towards a parody mass, but with no model identified yet.

Secondly, because the mass is scored for four voices with the texture SAAT, unusual in Portuguese polyphonic works. In the Benedictus, the texture is reduced to three voices (SAT), and the imitation has a new leading motive, besides the one taken from the antiphon’s incipit.

In this recording Ensemble da Sé de Angra is Carolina Barbosa (superius), Sara Vieira (altus) and Luís Henriques (tenor), and the audio was recorded at Angra Cathedral, last 26 July 2013.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Koenraad Moreau says:

    Good evening, could you say me if Pedro de Cristo was a priest or a simple brother ? Thank you very much by forehand,



    1. Dear Koenraad, this recent post may be of further help in clarifying this matter:
      All best,

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      1. Koenraad Moreau says:

        Thank you very much. I had not see this post.
        Its interesting. It suggests that de Cristo was not priest but simple friar. (I’m making a list of all priest composers of the Renaissance).
        Best regards,

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        1. I haven’t study his biography deeply, but I can check more about this.
          For Évora Cathedral you find (although with only one or no music compositions attributed) late sixteenth-century priests Cosme Delgado, Manuel Mendes Filipe de Magalhães, Duarte Lobo, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Estêvão de Brito.


          1. Koenraad Moreau says:

            Oh, You answer beyond my expectations!
            I had find one or two of the list you give me but now I am more advanced.
            Thank you very much.

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          2. There is also António Fernandes (author of a treatise 1636), and the oratorian priest(?) Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (organist, author of Flores de Musica, 1621). I may check of another hieronimite Fr. António de Belém (do not know any compositions by him) was ordained priest.

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  2. Koenraad Moreau says:

    Very interesting ! Portugal was a really seminary !

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