Arquivo de Maio, 2013

Albrecht Dürer’s Rhinoceros, a drawing and woodcut

Albrecht Dürer [21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528]
This celebrated woodcut records the arrival in Lisbon of an Indian rhinoceros on 20 May 1515.
The ruler of Gujarat, Sultan Muzafar II (1511-26) had presented it to Alfonso d’Albuquerque, the governor of Portuguese India. Albuquerque passed the gift on to Dom Manuel I, the king of Portugal. The rhinoceros travelled in a ship full of spices.
On arrival in Lisbon, Dom Manuel arranged for the rhinoceros to fight one of his elephants (according to Pliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis (‘Natural History’) (AD 77), the elephant and rhinoceros are bitter enemies). The elephant apparently turned and fled.
A description of the rhinoceros soon reached Nuremberg, presumably with sketches, from which Dürer prepared this drawing and woodcut.
No rhinoceros had been seen in Europe for over 1000 years, so Dürer had to work solely from these reports. He has covered the creature’s legs with scales and the body with hard, patterned plates. Perhaps these features interpret lost sketches, or even the text, which states, ‘[The rhinoceros] has the colour of a speckled tortoise and it is covered with thick scales’.
So convincing was Dürer’s fanciful creation that for the next 300 years European illustrators borrowed from his woodcut, even after they had seen living rhinoceroses without plates and scales.
Dom Manuel sent the rhinoceros to Pope Leo X in Rome, who had much admired ‘Hanno’, the elephant the king had sent him the year before. Sadly, the ship carrying the new gift sank before it reached Rome. Via British Museum.
Albrecht Dürer's Rhinoceros
In 1515, he created his woodcut of a Rhinoceros which had arrived in Lisbon from a written description and sketch by another artist, without ever seeing the animal himself. An image of the Indian rhinoceros, the image has such force that it remains one of his best-known and was still used in some German school science text-books as late as last century. Via Wikipedia.
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A Conquista do Paraíso

Banda sonora de Vangelis para o filme “1492 – The Conquest of Paradise”, de Ridley Scott. Venturas e desventuras de Cristóvão Colombo, falecido a 20 de Maio de 1506, protagonista de uma das maiores aventuras dos últimos 500 anos.

Mediae Vox Ensemble – Ave Sponsa et Mater

Pleno de espiritualidade e impregnado de devoção Mariana, o concerto desta noite na Igreja Paroquial de Santo António do Estoril foi dedicado à memória da Professora Maria Helena Pires de Matos (1938-2011), fundadora do Coro Gregoriano de Lisboa.

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Formado em Junho de 2004, o Mediae Vox Ensemble tem como objectivo o estudo e a interpretação da música sacra medieval. As suas interpretações têm exclusivamente por base e suporte os manuscritos e as notações originais; Composto pelas cantoras e instrumentistas Carolina Figueiredo, Manon Marques, Mariana Moldão e Filipa Taipina, utilizou réplicas de instrumentos da Idade Média e apresentou o seguinte programa:
Ave Generosa, Hildegard von Bingen [1098-1179] – (Wiesbaden, Landesbibliothek , Riesenberg Codex)
Ecce Virgo (Graduale Triplex – Stiftsbibliothek 121)
Puisque Voi La Fleur Novel, Gauthier de Coincy [1178-1236] – Les Miracles de Nostre Dame – Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Départemente de manuscrits, NAF 24541)
Congaudeat (Engelbert Stiftsbibliothek Codex 314)
Hodie aperuit, Hildegard von Bingen [1098-1179] – (Dendermond, St. Pieters & Paulusabdij Cod.9)
Sante Marie Viergene, San Godric di Finchal [1080-1170] – (British Museum Lib., MS Royal 5F)
Hec est mater – Tropo Benedicamus (Engelbert Stiftsbibliothek Codex 314)
Salve Regina (Antiphonale Monasticum)
Rosa Fragrans (Oxoford, Corpus Christi College MS B 489)
Sante Marie Viergene, San Godric di Finchal [1080-1170] – (British Museum Lib., MS Royal 5F)
Prima Cedit Femina (Bamberg, Staatbibl., Ms Lit. 115)
Agnus Dei – Ave Maria – Tropo Agnus Dei (Engelbert Stiftsbibliothek Codex 314)
Ave mutter kuniginne/Ave mater, Oswald von Wolkenstein [1375-1457] – (Engelbert Stiftsbibliothek Codex 314)

Igreja de Santo António, Estoril

Concerto –  Mediae Vox Ensemble – Ave Sponsa et Mater

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Mare Nostrum – Ligação entre Música e História

«Sem os sentidos não há memória e sem a memória não há inteligência.»
Voltaire, A Aventura da Memória e Outros Contos, 1773

Festival Monteverdi – Vivaldi | Concerto Inaugural – 01 Jun 2013
Mare Nostrum – Diálogo entre música veneziana, otomana, árabe-andaluza, sefardita e arménia da bacia do Mediterrâneo
Lior Elmaleh & Irini Derebei (voz) | Hesperion XXI & Jordi Savall

Accordone – Storie di Napoli

Quando menos esperamos, as boas energias vêm ao nosso encontro, ainda que salpicadas de melancolia, como este recente trabalho do Ensemble Accordone – Storie di Napoli (CD Alpha 532, 2012),  uma viagem musical em Nápoles desde o século XVI até ao presente.
Direcção musical de Guido Morin, texto de Salvatore Argenziano, leitura de Marco Beasly e voz de Pino de Vittorio.

Once upon a time (about 524 years ago)…

… Hieronymus has this client who wants him to paint the client sitting next to Saint John the Baptist. Bosch gets to work, grinds his colors and prepares a 49cm by 40.5 cm wooden panel. Paints the panel, everybody happy. Except, the client doesn’t pay. Guess what Hieronymus does? 🙂

Hieronymus Bosch The Movie

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