Cantum Mensurable

Editions of Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Polyphony


22 Oct 2015, News
New music for Advent and Christmas
Hi! After a while away from this profile, I'm finishing several small motets and responsories. by Portuguese composers for the Sundays of Advent and Christmas time. Hope you like it!
16 Apr 2012, News
New website
Hello to all! I have just relocated to a new website. There you can find my old blog, that is still running, music edition page with editions sorted by "composer", "title" and "genre", projects that I participate and/or that I'm following and also a curriculum page with indexes to my papers and other published materials. This new website adress: Hope you like. Best wishes!
08 Mar 2012, News
Latest editions of Portuguese polyphony
In the last weeks several editions of Portuguese polyphony works have become available at my page. These works figure among the best music ever written in Portuguese lands. I recommend: Duarte Lobo's   Audivi Vocem de Caelo   , Filipe de Magalhães Commissa Mea Pavesco   and the  Agnus Dei   from Missa O Soberana Luz . Pedro de Cristo's  O Magnum Mysterium   and the 8-part  Salva Nos Domine  . Also the magnificent double-choir  Ave ...
20 Feb 2012, Article
Francisco Martins's Responsories for Holy Week
for Maundy Thursday I In Monte Oliveti II Tristis Est Anima Mea VIII Una Hora non Potuistis for Good Friday II Velum Templi III Vinea Mea Electa V Tenebrae Factae Sunt IX Caligaverunt Oculi Mei for Holy Saturday V  O Vos Omnes VI Ecce Quomodo Moritur IX Sepulto Domino
20 Feb 2012, Article
Francisco Martins
The Portuguese composer Francisco Martins was born in Évora c1620 or c. 1625 and died in Elvas, 20 March 1680. He became a choirboy at Évora Catedral, where his uncle Domingos Martins de Almeida had been master of the choirboys from 1608 to c1618. There have been appointed two possible dates: Domingos Barbosa Machado in his Bibliotheca Lusitana (1759) points to 20 June 1629, and José Augusto Alegria in his História da Escola de Música da Sé de Évora (1973) points towards 16 August 1634. Depending on the ...
02 Feb 2012, News
Music for Lent Coming this Month
New music for Lent time by 17th-century Portuguese composers coming out this month. "Missa Ferialis" for Lent and several Tenebrae responsories by Francisco Martins. The 3 sets of Lamentations by Estêvão de Brito as also a "Vexilla Regis".
19 Jan 2012, News
New Editions: January 2012
This month will be published several works by Portuguese composers: Fr. Manuel Cardoso's In Monte Oliveti and Domine, Tu Mihi Lavas Pedes . Francisco Martins's Missa Ferialis for Lent.
28 Nov 2011, Article
Diogo Dias Melgás
Portuguese composer and teacher Diogo Dias Melgás was born in Cuba (near Évora), 11 April 1620 and died in Évora 10 March 1700. He was admitted as a choirboy at Évora Cathedral on 10 May 1647, being His teacher Bento Nunes Pegado. On 14 March 1662 Melgás was elected master of the boys, in 1663 mestre da crasta and c1678, mestre de capela. In 1697, because he had become blind, his former pupil Pedro Vaz Rego began to substitute him in the Cathedral services. However, because of the esteem in which he was ...
28 Nov 2011, Article
Estêvão de Brito
Portuguese composer Estêvão de Brito was born in Serpa (near Évora) c1575 and died in Málaga somewhere between 25 May and 2 December 1641. According to Barbosa Machado, in his Bibliotheca Lusitana, he studied music with Filipe de Magalhães at Évora Cathedral. On 1 June 1597 he was appointed maestro de capilla at the Cathedral of Badajoz, although he had been performing the duties of the office since at least 8 February. In February 1608 he was ordained by the Archbishop of Évora, upon a ...
28 Nov 2011, Article
Mateus d'Aranda
The Spanish composer and theorist Mateus d’Aranda was probably born in Aranda de Duero, c1495 and probably died in Coimbra 15 February 1548. He studied at the University of Alcalá de Henares sometime before 1524 with Pedro Ciruelo, going to Italy for further studies. He was Mestre de Capela at the Cathedral of Évora by 3 April 1528. He held this post until 26 August 1544, when he was appointed Lente de Musica (a teaching post) at the Coimbra University, a post which he holded until his death. During the ...