Filipe de Magalhães • Vidi aquam

The 4-voice (SATB) polyphonic version of the antiphon Vidi aquam by Portuguese composer Filipe de Magalhães (c.1571-1652). This antiphon is to be sung during the Paschal time, from Easter Sunday to Whit Sunday replacing the antiphon for the sprinkling of water Asperges me in the same function.

Magalhães’s setting follows the traditional sequence of this antiphon: the antiphon, psalm 117, the doxology and a repetition of the antiphon. The work was published in Magalhães’s 1636 Liber Missarum (togheter with a setting of Asperges me, also very interesting by the way), printed in Lisbon at the Craesbeeck workshop.The work is set in high clefs (g2, c2, c3 and c4) which makes the voices sing in the limit of their ambitus, thus creating an interesting high pitch performance. This is a lively work full of movement, especially in the “alleluia” section, which clearly exemplifies his complex counterpoint writing.

The only recording I know of this work comes from the CD Portuguese Polyphony by early music vocal group Ars Nova, directed by Bo Holten, released by the Naxos label in the 90s.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Can’t find the clip :(


    1. Problem solved! Thanks for bringing this up
      all best

      Liked by 1 person

  2. gelsobianco says:

    How wonderful this music and… the video.
    Thank you.


    1. Magalhães has very beautiful music. Unfortunately, only a few works have been recorded. I will post more music of him soon.


      1. gelsobianco says:

        Oh, thank you very much.
        I’m waiting for the music of him.
        :-) gb


  3. Very informative even for a layman like me. :) The ‘alleluia’ section is truly awe-inspiring. Seems like it would be a lot of fun to sing. Love the tenor spotlight at the end.

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