The number 38 of the Polyphonia series, published by Edições MPMP, of the Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa was published last week. It features the edition of four works prepared by me, three of which are first editions.
This issue features four small compositions by the still enigmatic Portuguese composer Aires Fernandes, who was probably active in the Coimbra region during the second half of the sixteenth century. All for four voices (SATB), these works comprise two settings of the Benedicamus Domino which are extant in various Portuguese musical sources. This edition follows a polyphonic choirbook from the Cistercian feminine monastery of Arouca. The other two are settings of Jesu Redemptor, a refrain from a litany pro defunctis which has more than thirty settings of this kind known in Portugal, and comes from a Hironimite monastery of Espinheiro, in the outskirts of Évora.
I recorded the first setting of Jesu Redemptor in July 2014 with Ensemble Eborensis in a concert the group gave one of the many churches in Évora.