Text on 18th-Century Dominican Music

Last June 2017 I participated in the Elvas International Conferences held in the Portuguese city near the Spanish border (old post about this city HERE). As a border city in medieval times, Elvas was in the frontier between Christians and Muslims. The 2017 theme for the conferences was the 750 years of the Dominican presence in Elvas, one of the first houses of the Order to be founded in Portugal.

My presentation centred in the musical activity in the Convent of S. Domingos during the 18th century. Information is very scarce so I titled the paper as “the possible reading” of the musical activity following the Dominican Rite. Besides the singing of chant of the daily hours, there was also the presence of organists and other musicians hired specifically for the convent’s major festivities.

The text is available at the Humanities Commons [pt]


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