• Portuguese text insertions in early-eighteenth-century Latin musical works of Évora Cathedral

    Luís Henriques (see profile)
    Music in Évora studies
    Music, Musicology, Sacred music, Eighteenth century
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    Évora Cathedral, Litanies, Novenas, Antiphon, Polyphony, 18th century
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    Évora Cathedral is mostly known as one of the most important Portuguese music schools, and as the centre where the finest Portuguese polyphony composers of the first half of the seventeenth century learned their trades. When compared with the seventeenth century, almost nothing is known of the musical activity in the Cathedral in the first decades of the eighteenth century. This was a period that corresponded to the activity of Pedro Vaz Rego and Ignácio António Celestino as chapel masters in the Cathedral. It was also a period of transition between a stile antico-orientated compositional style to a more modern concertato way of writing music. Among the various transformations in music composition one finds several works with Latin text in which were inserted sections with Portuguese text. These works were intended not for Mass or the Office Hours but instead for other religious celebrations such as litanies, the rosary among other para-liturgical occasions. This study addresses a group of Latin-text repertory used in Évora Cathedral in the first half of the eighteenth century. Among these works one can find brief sections of Portuguese-text music that seems to express an increasing proximity towards a popular religious cult. Using several sources, mostly intended for feasts of the Sanctoral cycle, the study focuses on the relation between the commemoration of these saints and popular devotion in the city and their impact in the music composition in the Cathedral.
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