Estêvão de Brito – Vidi Dominum

Of the three polychoral works by Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito (c.1575-1641) present in his Motectorum Liber the motet Vidi Dominum, for eight voices (SATB+SATB) was the only one to be recorded in cd until recently. The other two works, also for eight voices, are O Rex gloriae, a motet that I have been writing a lot, and Dum complerentur. The motet has the indication In die Trinitatis et Omnium Sanctorum that is, it was destined to the Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of All Saints.

The only recording of this work is by Pro Cantione Antiqua in their pioneering recording of Portuguese polyphony edited in the 1984 triple-cd Voces Angelicae. Although vocally out-fashioned, this is still one of the most important recordings of Portuguese polyphony not only for the quantity of works but also because besides Brito it also features only recordings of works by Estêvão Lopes Morago and Filipe de Magalhães.

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