This day, ten years ago, I was finishing the first school year of my Licentiate Degree in Music, variant Musicology at the Music Department (later organised in the School of Arts) of the University of Évora.

Évora Cathedral from the Air

As I have given some attention in the last years to the spaces where music was performed some details of architecture and other visual arts have risen to make a whole setting of the total art context.

Beauty and Wisdom in Flemish Polyphony

Capilla Flamenca is one of my favourite sixteenth-century music vocal ensembles. The title of this documentary that supports the ensemble’s recording of Alexander Agricola’s Missa In myne zyn with works of composers Josquin Desprez, Heinrich Isaac and Pierre de La Rue.

The Watermill Project

Dear followers, I’m writing this special post to inform you of my latest project and invite you all to follow it. It is not about musicology but a watermill instead. It has been a project of conservation I have been working on my holidays on this little corner of paradise called Fajãzinha, in Flores Island…

Giovanni P. da Palestrina – Tu es Petrus

The motet Tu es Petrus for six voices by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is probably one fo the most iconic sounds of the Catholic Church still in performance in its original sounding context, at the Vatican chapels nowadays.

Exhibition “Na Rota das Catedrais”

Last June 28 opened at the National Palace of Ajuda in Lisbon the exhibition Na Rota das Catedrais: Construções [d]e Identidades (On the Route of the Cathedrals: Constructions of/and Identity), which includes a large number of art works from all the Portuguese cathedrals (there are virtual tours of these temples here).

University of Évora [II]

The main building that now houses the University of Évora is the former Jesuit college and university of Espírito Santo, founded by the Archbishop of Évora Cardinal D. Henrique in 1559.

Filipe de Magalhães – Jesu Redemptor a 4 [I]

Portuguese composer Filipe de Magalhães (c.1571-1652) published a book of plainchant for the Officium Defunctorum titled Cantum Ecclesiasticum. This was a very popular book in the Portuguese musical centres and it saw at least half a dozen reprints, as far as mid-eighteenth century.

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…

Edition of Estêvão Lopes Morago’s “Magnificat Primi Toni”

This is the edition number 14 of the “Polyphonia” series, featuring Portuguese sacred vocal polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries, edited by MPMP – Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa. This number is the fifth number devoted to the music of Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575-c.1630), composer of Spanish birth who spent all his life in…

Jacques Arcadelt – Salve Regina

I haven’t shared much Flemish polyphony here in last posts. In the case of Jacques Arcadelt’s motet it is a great news for the listeners of Renaissance polyphony. The Choeur de Chambre de Namur released the following video on the Facebook page, with the announcement of a 3-CD collection of sacred music by Jacques Arcadelt…

Juan Bermudo – Pange lingua

Juan Bermudo (c.1510-c.1565) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who studied at the University of Alcalá de Henares in the 1520s, becoming a mathematician, composer and music theorist. He published a book entitled El libro llamado Declaración de instrumentos musicales, printed in Osuna by Juan de León in 1555.