• A procession imploring for rain in seventeenth century Évora
    Processions imploring for rain (ad petendam pluviam) are a constant occurrence in the Early Modern World. During the extended periods of extreme drought Man turned to the divine forces to […]
  • Organ activity in the Church of Santo Antão, Évora, in the 1570s
    The Church of Santo Antão (dedicated to St Anthony, Abbot) was one of the main construction projects of the Cardinal D. Henrique during his government as Archbishop of Évora. During […]
  • Two mid-16th-century Cecilian parody masses
    When speaking of Cecilian music, one generally has the idea of the nineteenth-century movement, mostly centred in Germany, that pushed a reformation of Catholic church music, aiming to restore a […]
  • The motet Ad te levavi animam meam by Palestrina
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina died on 2 February 1594. Several months earlier, a collection of 68 motets was published. Although it appeared at the end of 1593 it is generally […]
  • A biographical note on the composer António de Oliveira
    Not much is known about the Portuguese composer António de Oliveira, besides that he was active in the last decades of the sixteenth century. Much of what is known about […]
  • The Medieval Soundscape of Évora from a 17th-Century Perspective
    Most of the published studies about the history of music in the Portuguese city of Évora have begin chronologically in the first decades of the sixteenth century onwards. This period […]
  • Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta by Simão dos Anjos
    The city of Évora, Alentejo, Portugal, is known for its musical history regarding the great Portuguese masters of polyphony of the first half of the seventeenth century. Names like Fr. […]
  • The Magnificat Quarti Toni by Duarte Lobo
    In 1626 the Portuguese theorist Antonio Fernandes dedicated his Arte de Musica to his former master Duarte Lobo praising him as one of the most illustrious Portuguese masters. Duarte Lobo […]
  • The motet Ave gratia plena by Cornelis Verdonck
    Flemish composer and singer Cornelis Verdonck was born in Turnhout sometime during the year 1563 and died in Antwerp on 5 July 1625. He was a choirboy at Antwerp Cathedral […]
  • The villancico “Quem vio hum menino” by António Marques Lésbio
    Most of the posts on the Cantum Mensurable blog have focused on sacred music, in particular Latin polyphony. The corpus of Portuguese music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is […]
  • The motet O magnum mysterium by Cristóbal de Morales
    Many sixteenth and seventeenth-century composers have set the text O Magnum mysterium with wonderful polyphonic results, such as Willaert, Gabrieli, Palestrina, Victoria, and, Morales only to name a few. In […]
  • Two Magnificat Settings by Francesco Soriano
    Francesco Soriano is one of the cases where composers of the same generation become lesser known than the popular composers of the time, and the last decades of the sixteenth […]