Leaving WordPress

I have been a WordPress user and blogger for 10 years (2008-2018). But, unfortunately, this will be the last post in this blog. The recent “upgrade” of the WP editor does not suit my views for this blog. However, I will maintain the other blog I write – Fajãzinha Watermill – which will continue here,…

University of Évora’s Day

As in former years, November 1st has a post dedicated to the commemoration of the foundation of the University of Évora, on this day in 1559. This is where I entered in 2006 for my Licenciate Degree and, again, in 2015 for my PhD. Last year’s post with some photos of this beautiful building. The…

VI Cistercian Residency S. Bento de Cástris

I’ll be participating in the VI Cistercian Residency at the Monastery of S. Bento de Cástris in Évora next September 21-22. This year’s edition is dedicated to the various dimensions of the monastic-conventual heritage.

Choirbooks in Portuguese Cathedrals Exhibition

Many times, I’m asked to give some advice on something related to my work, which I gladly do without thinking twice about it. That must be common to all historians and researchers and, in my case, I’m very happy to talk about my work.

Work on St Bernard and Cistercian Plainchant

My work with Cistercian plainchant has been mostly associated with the feminine house of São Bento de Cástris, near Évora, whose musical sources (chantbooks) I have studied in 2014-15 in the project ORFEUS. These were 16th/17th-century and 18th-century in a total of 13 choirbooks. I have been also associated with the organization of the Cistercian…

Text on Évora Discalced Carmelite Soundscape

I published a text last July a text in the Portuguese journal Herança – Revista de Cultura e Património (volume 1, issue 1) about the Discalced Carmelite convent of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Évora.

Music in Angra Cathedral

 As I was listening to some videos of concert recordings I found the one that is shared in this post. It is actually the recording of the first live performance I made with Ensemble da Sé de Angra, at Angra Cathedral July 28th, 2012. It was the first concert of a festival of sixteenth and…


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.

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.

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…