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Missa pastoril para a noite de natal

1808; for choir and organ; orchestrated in 1811
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Ordinary of the Mass

José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Father Maurício, was a mixed-race priest who was born in Rio. His Missa pastoril para a noite de natal was originally written simply for choir and organ in 1808. In 1811 he rewrote the piece, now colourfully orchestrated for two violas, two cellos, two clarinets, two bassoons, two trumpets, two horns, timpani and organ. There are nine challenging solo parts, for three castrati, two falsettists, tenor and three basses. Individual names are written against each solo part in the full score. The hauntingly simple pastoral theme which opens the piece recurs throughout the work, and captures perfectly the sensation of a sunshine-filled Christmas and the gentle message of Christ’s birth. Our performing edition is by António Campos and published by Musica Brasilis. Rosana Lanzelotte, a Brazilian flautist based in Rio, put me into contact with this wonderful resource. In nearby downtown I was shown the spectacularly gilded church Nossa Senhora do Monte Carmo, the old cathedral which served as the Royal Chapel where this work was no doubt performed on Christmas Day over two hundred years ago.

from notes by Jeffrey Skidmore © 2015


Brazilian Adventures
Studio Master: CDA68114Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 01: Kyrie eleison
Track 2 on CDA68114 [2'35]
Movement 02: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Track 3 on CDA68114 [2'02]
Movement 03: Laudamus te
Track 4 on CDA68114 [2'41]
Movement 04: Gratias agimus tibi
Track 5 on CDA68114 [2'12]
Movement 05: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Track 6 on CDA68114 [2'21]
Movement 06: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
Track 7 on CDA68114 [2'00]
Movement 07: Cum Sancto Spiritu
Track 8 on CDA68114 [2'46]
Movement 08: Credo in unum Deum
Track 12 on CDA68114 [1'47]
Movement 09: Et incarnatus est
Track 13 on CDA68114 [1'28]
Movement 10: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis
Track 14 on CDA68114 [1'04]
Movement 11: Et resurrexit tertia die
Track 15 on CDA68114 [2'52]
Movement 12: Sanctus
Track 17 on CDA68114 [0'27]
Movement 13: Hosanna in excelsis I
Track 18 on CDA68114 [0'24]
Movement 14: Benedictus
Track 19 on CDA68114 [0'53]
Movement 15: Hosanna in excelsis II
Track 20 on CDA68114 [0'25]
Movement 16: Agnus Dei
Track 21 on CDA68114 [2'20]

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