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Tua est potentia

composer
6vv SSATBB; Livro de varios motetes, officio da semana santa e outras cousas, 1648
author of text
Magnificat Antiphon

 
Tua est potentia, the second piece in the Livro de varios motetes, features an unusual and rich six-voice texture, with doubled soprano and bass parts. Its text, not attached to a particular feast within the liturgical calendar, affirms the power of God; according to the then-universally acknowledged doctrine of the divine right of kings, it was by this power alone that the monarch received their authority. It thus seems likely that Cardoso chose to set this text as a celebration of Portugal’s newly reclaimed independence, and as a further paean to his ruler, friend and patron.

from notes by Luís Toscano © 2019
English: José Gabriel Flores

Tua est potentia, la deuxième pièce du Livro de varios motetes, présente une texture à six voix inhabituelle et riche, avec des parties doublées de soprano et de basse. Son texte, qui n’est pas lié à une fête particulière du calendrier liturgique, affirme la puissance de Dieu; selon la doctrine du droit divin des rois universellement reconnue à l’époque, c’était de cette puissance seule que le monarque recevait son autorité. Il semble ainsi probable que Cardoso ait choisi de mettre en musique ce texte pour célébrer l’indépendance que venait de reconquérir le Portugal et comme hymne à son souverain, João IV.

extrait des notes rédigées par Luís Toscano © 2019
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Tua est potentia, das zweite Stück im Livro de varios motetes, weist einen ungewöhnlich reichhaltigen sechsstimmigen Satz mit zweifacher Sopran- und Bassstimme auf. Der Text, der sich auf kein bestimmtes Fest des Kirchenjahres bezieht, preist die Macht Gottes. Gemäß der damals herrschenden Doktrin vom Gottesgnadentum der Könige war es diese Macht allein, die dem König sein Herrscherrecht verlieh. Die Annahme liegt nahe, dass Cardoso diesen Text wählte, um die wiedergewonnene Unabhängigkeit Portugals zu feiern und seinem Herrscher, Freund und Gönner noch weiter zu huldigen.

aus dem Begleittext von Luís Toscano © 2019
Deutsch: Friedrich Sprondel

Também dedicado a D. João, então já soberano português, o Livro de varios motetes, officio da semana santa e outras cousas, de 1648 terá sido o volume predilecto de Manuel Cardoso. Ele próprio o verbaliza na dedicatória ao monarca e amigo: “Confesso que a este livro, por ser filho da velhice, quero mais.” Concebido com base numa estrutura que acompanha o Ano Litúrgico e apresentando, sempre que possível, selecções literárias fora do usual, terá sido aqui que Cardoso deixou mais fortemente vincada a sua identidade composicional, privilegiando uma íntima relação entre palavra e música. Desde logo, a segunda obra do Livro de varios motetes, Tua est potentia a seis vozes, poder-se-á ainda associar ao contexto da recém-conquistada independência de Portugal, num paralelismo entre a reafirmação do poder Divino e do poder do Rei. Este é musicalmente marcado por uma estrutura geralmente densa, sublinhada pela incomum distribuição de vozes: SSATBB.

Luís Toscano © 2019

Recordings

Cardoso: Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat & motets
CDA6825228 December 2018 Release

Details

Track 18 on CDA68252 [3'50] 28 December 2018 Release

Track-specific metadata for CDA68252 track 18

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-18-25218
Duration
3'50
Recording date
23 September 2016
Recording venue
Basílica do Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. Cardoso: Requiem, Lamentations, Magnificat & motets (CDA68252)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: 28 December 2018
    28 December 2018 Release
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