This afternoon I will be directing a plainchant workshop at the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, in the outskirts of Évora. We will be working on the basic principles of square notation, with the identification of neumes and understanding the basics on how to read this notation. The examples provided for this work come from the monastery’s 16th-century plainchant books, which contain almost all music necessary for the Liturgical Year.
Next Saturday I’ll be reading my paper, following the research made in the daily offices for the week days in the monastery. This year’s theme for the Residência Cisterciense focuses on the Daily routines, private life and material culture.
The Residence will take place in the monastery from 17 to 19 September, finishing with a concert by my group Ensemble Eborensis, with the title Lumen ad revelationem: 16th-Century Polyphony and Plainchant, focusing on the cistercian chant sources from the monastery’s choir books and polyphony by composers from Évora Cathedral.