Zuguambe: Music for Liturgy from the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra c.1650 | Harmonia Mundi - harmonia#nova HMN916107

Zuguambe: Music for Liturgy from the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra c.1650


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Label: Harmonia Mundi - harmonia#nova

Cat No: HMN916107

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd September 2017



Capella Sanctae Crucis


Tiago Simas Freire


Capella Sanctae Crucis


Tiago Simas Freire


This ensemble takes its name from the Chapel of the Monastery of Santa Cruz de Coimbra in Portugal, from where the unpublished musical manuscripts on which the heart of the work is elaborated contribute to the sound research into the origins of Portuguese Baroque music.

This project aims to establish bridges between theoretical musicological research and the search for a sound that revives and justifies the value of these treasures from one of the main Portuguese cultural centres during the 16th and 17th centuries: the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra.


1. Deus in adjutorium

In nativitate Domini
2. Octavo calendas Januarii - Calenda de Natal
3. Hodie nobis caelorum Rex - Responsório
4. Zente Pleto - [Vilancico] de Negro

Intermedium primum
5. Agostinho da Cruz: [Tento do] 4º Tom
6. De peña en peña las ondas - Tono

In festo Corporis Christi
7. Diego de Alvarado: [Verso do] 6º tom por Dsolre
8. Credidi - Salmo
9. Sale alumbrando a la tierra - [Vilancico]

Intermedium secundum
10. Dom Jorge (début XVIIe s.): [Verso do 1º Tom]
11. Ai amores, Ai mi Dios - [Vilancico]

In Nativitate Domini
12. Octavo calendas Januarii - Calenda de Natal
13. Al Neglio de Mandiga - [Vilancico] de Negro

Intermedium tertium
14. Agostinho da Cruz: [Tento do] 4º Tom
15. Al son que los christales - [Tono]

In Ascensio Domini festis
16. Ascendo ad Patrem meum - Responsório breve
17. Oy que los cielos se alegran - [Vilancico]

18. Pedro de Cristo: Benedicamus Domino

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