A weekend full of polyphony. Today I just had a concert and tomorrow I’ll be singing and conducting Ensemble Eborensis, 6 March, 17h00, at the church of St John of God, in Montemor-o-Novo (near Évora), the city where this Saint was born. This concert features our 3-voice programme “De Beata Virgine Maria: Polyphony and Plainchant of the Sixteenth Century”.
We will be performing motets and verses from hymns for 3 voices (SST or SAT) by Spanish composers such as Cristóbal de Morales and Juan Esquivel, and Portuguese such as Duarte Lobo and Manuel Cardoso and Francisco Martins. The plainchant centers around the feast of the Purification of the Virgin, the several antiphons for Vespers and Matins, from the 16th-century choir books that belonged to the Cistercian monastery of S. Bento de Cástris, near Évora. I’ll also be singing some antiphons from the Matins office for the feast of St John of God, since the feast will be next Tuesday.