MUSIC FOR ÉVORA
Our exploration of Portuguese polyphony for Évora Cathedral
Cardinal-Prince Afonso of Portugal (1509-1540) was an influential figure in Portuguese musical history, because it was he who decided to raise the wages at Évora Cathedral, and to set up a choir school. This in turn attracted musicians of the highest quality, latterly including Manuel Mendes (c. 1547-1605), who became mestre de capela at Évora in 1575. Thus began the golden age of Portuguese polyphony; his associates included some of the most talented and successful Portuguese composers of the period: Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650), Estêvão Brito (1570-1641) and Filipe de Magalhães (c. 1571–1652). Enjoy these workshops as on-demand videos online, and delve into music by these students-cum-masters.