MA Dissertation

This week I have delivered at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of Universidade Nova de Lisboa my dissertation, entitled The three masses of Duarte Lobo on motets by Francisco Guerrero in the Liber Missarum of 1621: An analytical view of their construction process, under the guidance of Professor Manuel Pedro Ferreira, my thesis advisor. This was quite an interesting work because it followed my work in 2011/2012 at Angra Cathedral music archive and the identification of a print of Lobo’s Liber Missarum together with two more books of polyphony.

As the title suggests, the focus of this work is the parody (imitation) technique of Duarte Lobo in his three masses present at the 1621 book that draw on models by Francisco Guerrero. Many thanks to all who contribute to the realization of this work.

Abstract (en)

Duarte Lobo was one of the most internationally distinguished Portuguese composers during his time. four volumes of his music were printed at the famous Oficina Plantiniana in Antwerp, one of the most reputable European printing houses. In Portugal he arranged for the printing of two editions of plainchant at the Craesbeeck house in Lisbon. Nevertheless, he is one of the few Portuguese composers whose work was not fully edited in modern times. Although some works from the 1621 Liber Missarum have already been edited, the identification in May 2012 of a volume of this book of masses at Angra Cathedral led to the transcription of three parody masses from this book, which use as a model motets by the Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero. Starting from the relation between each of the models and the respective masses this study aims to contribute to a better understanding of the processes of imitation and emulation still in use by the Portuguese composers at the beginning of the seventeenth century, focusing on the analysis of the process of composition present in the three masses by Duarte Lobo, putting them in the Iberian context of the imitation of established masters like Francisco Guerrero and Cristóbal de Morales and the influence they had on the following generations, where Duarte Lobo is included.

Abstract (in Portuguese) available at


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