Estêvâo De Brito (±l575-1641) Salve Regina – YouTube

Estêvâo De Brito (cl575-1641) was a Portuguese musician who spent most of his working career in Spain. According to Barbosa Machado he studied music with Filipe de Magalhães. Whatever the truth of that he was evidently sufficiently well thought of to be formally appointed maestro de capilla of Badajoz Cathedral in 1597. Six years later…

João Lourenço Rebelo (1610 – 1661): Super Aspidem

João Lourenço Rebelo’s music represents the coming of Baroque to Portugal. Born in 1610 in Caminha he was taken as a boy servant into the chapel of the Duke of Bragança at Vila Viçosa. The Duke sponsored his musical studies including at the Colégio dos Santos Reis Magos under Roberto Tornar. Another of Tornar’s pupils…

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…

Jean Richafort (±1480-after 1547) Salve Regina

So many copys of his music survive that it’s clear Richafort was held in considerable respect by his contemporaries. His setting of the Salve Regina has been found in the private music collection of one of Francois I’s diplomats, Cathedrals throughout Europe, and among a set of richly illuminated manuscripts presented to Ferdinand, Archduke of…

Morten Lauridsen (b1943): Ave Maria

This eight-part setting of the ‘Ave Maria’ was composed by Morten Lauridsen in 1997 it’s characterised by unusually rich textures that remind me quite strongly of some of Brahms’ music for unaccompanied chorus.  It’s sung below by Polyphony conducted by Stephen Layton. Enjoy :-). markfromireland

Arvo Pärt (b1935): Salve regina

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is best known for his choral works of these one of my favourites is his setting of the Salve Regina. Pärt  composed it for Hubert Luthe, Bishop of Essen who wanted a setting of the text in honour of the Golden Madonna of Essen. In keeping with its subject  Pärt’s…

Sunday Playlist: Three Polyphonic Pieces Sung By Primus 8 –

For this weeks playlist I’ve selected three videos uploaded by Shanalleful to YouTube of the Swedish choir "Primus 8" performing three very varied, and far from easy, polyphonic pieces, at live concerts given in Östersund. ´They are: Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus.  Byrd’s Justorum Animae. Tomkins’ When David Heard. All three, particularly the Tomkins are challenging music…