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Asperges me

author of text
Psalm 50

Very little music survives by Manuel Mendes, the renowned teacher of the three most famous Portuguese composers of the early seventeenth century – Duarte Lobo, Manuel Cardoso and Filipe de Magalhães. In his grand eight-voice setting of the antiphon Asperges me the first part freely paraphrases the chant in all voices, but from ‘secundum magnam’ it appears as a cantus firmus in the top voice. (Although the doxology at the end of the Asperges me was not usually included at this point in the liturgy on Palm Sunday, the manuscript, which specifies that Mendes’s work was to be used for this liturgical purpose, includes the full setting as it is sung here.) According to a somewhat ambiguous inscription this setting by Mendes incorporates contrapuntal lines added by Soares.

from notes by Bernadette Nelson © 1996


Holy Week at the Chapel of the Dukes of Braganza
CDA66867Archive Service


Track 1 on CDA66867 [5'09] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66867 track 1

Recording date
4 February 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Holy Week at the Chapel of the Dukes of Braganza (CDA66867)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 1996
    Deletion date: October 2007
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