Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650): Sitivit anima mea

A native of Fronteira Cardoso was sent to Évora ‘to study Grammar and the art of Music‘ under Father Cosme Delgado and Father Manuel Mendes once he had reached the age of nine. He must have greatly pleased his teachers because his career is one of rapid progression from prestigious post to prestigious post including that of music teacher to the future King João IV. His motet Sitivit anima mea (My soul thirsts) was published in 1625 in a collection of Masses. It’s written in a contrapuntal style that shows Palestrina’s influence mixed with a very personal – and profound, sense of harmony.

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