Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650): Missa Miserere mihi Domine

Miserere mihi, Domine, et exaudi orationem meam. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, and hearken unto my prayer. The  penitential chant Miserere mihi, Domine is the Psalm antiphon for Sunday Compline, Cardoso set this Mass using it as the Cantus Firmus. As with other Portugese sacred polyphony from the first half of the seventeenth century…

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…

Manuel Cardoso: (1566-1650) Sitivit anima mea

Cardoso’s motet Sitivit anima mea (My soul thirsts) was intended to be sung at the elevation of the host during Mass. Like much of his music it’s based on the stile antico which doesn’t prevent it from having great beauty. It’s an intesely vivid piece that reflects its text’s expression of the soul’s thirst for…

Manuel Cardoso (1566–1650): Mulier quae erat

The Portugese renaissance composer Frei Manuel Cardoso was born in 1566 in Fronteira, which was at that time part of the arch-diocese of Évora. When he was nine years old he was sent to Évora cathedral’s choir school the Colégio dos Moços do Coro, for training as a chorister, in composition, and in grammar by…