Frei Manuel Cardoso was born in Fronteira near Évora in southern Portugal, in 1566 and died in 1650. He joined the Carmelites as a boy, aged 9 his teachers considered that he was ready to be sent to 'study Grammar and the art of Music' at the Colégio dos Moços do Coro under Manuel Mendes and Cosme Delgado. He, Duarte Lobo, and John IV of Portugal ,represent the "golden age" of Portuguese polyphony. His music bears considerable baroque influence it's long melodic lines contrast with contrapuntal writing in the manner of Palestrina and has a serenity few can match. All of which goes to make the polyphony and the chromatic twists in Cardoso's music written for Maundy Thursday (often called Holy Thursday) which you'll find below the fold, both fresh and interesting.
Responsory 1: In monte Oliveti oravit ad Patrem
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