José de Torres’s Missarum Liber

Spanish composer, organist, theorist and printer José (or Joseph) de Torres y Martínez Bravo was an important composer of the second half of the seventeenth century and beginnings of the eighteenth, his prestige being recognized not only in Spain but also in Portugal, England, Italy and the New World. He was born in Madrid, probably…

Edition of Manuel de Tavares’s motet “Parce mihi Domine”

It is now available the edition of the motet Parce mihi Domine I prepared of Portuguese composer Manuel de Tavares for the MusicaNeo website. The work is score for seven voices (SSAATTB) and is by far the best-known composition of Tavares’s musical output.

Introduction to the Historical Soundscape of Flores Island

I have been interested in studying the presence of music in my home village’s church for years. Since my speciality is the study of plainchant and polyphony in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and now it is gradually focusing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was an important step in my musicological production. Access…

Text on Évora’s Seventeenth-Century Soundscape

Foi publicado o texto o texto da comunicação que realizei no II Congresso Internacional sobre a Interdisciplinaridade nas Ciências Sociais e Humanas, que decorreu em Faro, na Universidade do Algarve em Maio de 2017. Trata-se de uma abordagem introdutória à paisagem sonora de Évora durante o século XVII baseada na actividade musical das suas instituições…

Messiaen and the Birds in Flores Island

This Christmas holiday has been very rich in birdwatching in my home island of Flores (Azores archipelago), an activity which I do not usually engage. This year I had the chance of capturing on camera some of the usual species that live in the island during the year. I do not know much about their…

Text on Wind Bands in Horta

Foi recentemente publicado o texto da comunicação que realizei no Colóquio Sines Porto e Mar História e Património no início de Setembro do ano passado. Trata-se de um estudo sobre a presença de bandas de música militares e respectivas actuações na cidade da Horta, ilha do Faial, no final do século XIX. Estas bandas vinham…

Participation in the Évora Cathedral Workshop

  Photo from the opening conference of the XX International Workshop Évora Cathedral Music School in Évora last October 5th. I participated in the pannel Studies in Sacred Music in Évora in the Eighteenth Century with two of the team members. In the opening conference also participated the musicologist Owen Rees.

Polyphony & Plainchant for Christmas

I will be away from here until the new year so I’m sharing some of the music videos I recorded with my groups in the last years of plainchant and polyphony for Christmas time. Some of the best music I enjoyed singing and some of the finest Portuguese polyphony also.

Early Seventeenth-Century Monody

The latest video of the project Early Music Sources focus in some of the aspects of early seventeenth-century monody. The video starts with a comparative approach to the late-sixteenth-century polyphony (the stile antico) opposing the early seventeenth-century.

Heritage Symposium in Aveiro

  Photo from the session in which I, and Dr. Antónia Fialho Conde, participated last November 24th in Aveiro, during the religious heritage symposium, where we talked about the Cistercian feminine monastery of S. Bento de Cástris in Évora.

Paper at Jornada “Palavra, Corpo, Música”

Amanhã, dia 7 de Dezembro, irei apresentar uma comunicação na Jornada Interdisciplinar “Palavra, Corpo, Música”, que decorrerá no Museu Nacional da Música organizada pelo Centro de Estudos Comparatistas da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.

Paper at Workshop on Local History

Amanhã, dia 24 de Novembro, estarei a falar, junto com a Professora Doutora Antónia Fialho Conde nas 11.as Jornadas de História Local “Espaços, Vivências e Religiosidade” que decorrem de 24 a 25 de Maio no edifício da Antiga Capitania em Aveiro.