Marcos António da Fonseca Portugal [Marco Portogallo]
Lisboa, 24th March 1762 – Rio de Janeiro, 17th February 1830.
Luso-Brazilian organist, maestro and prolific composer (over 70 dramatic works, including 40 operas,
and more than 140 sacred works), obtained an unparalleled international success in Portuguese musical
history, with hundreds of operatic representations in Europe. In Portugal and Brazil, however, his fame
as a composer was mainly due to the sacred genre, with some works remaining in the churches’
repertoire until the beginning of the 20th century.
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11 Jan 2013Book:
The religious work of Marcos António Portugal (1762-1830):
thematic catalogue, source and text criticism, chronology proposal
by António Jorge Marques
Item Description: 1052 p. + 1 optical disc (CD-Rom); 28 cm
Publisher: National Library of Portugal / CESEM
You can buy the book or find more information in the National Library's website (in Portuguese).
5th Nov 2012Exhibition:
Marcos Portugal (1762-1830): 250th Anniversary
National Library of Portugal · Exhibition Room
25th October 2012 to 31st January 2013
Monday–Friday: 13h00–19h00 / Saturday: 10h00–17h00
More information in the National Library's website (in Portuguese).
Available for sale: “Missa Grande” full score
5th Aug 2010
The Missa Grande (Great Mass, c.1782-1790) by Marcos Portugal (1762-1830) is one of the most
paradigmatic sacred works of 19th century Portugal. Probably commissioned by Queen D.
Maria I, it was sung in Portuguese churches until the beginning of the 20th century.
Originally composed for mixed voices and orchestra, it was soon adapted by the composer for a more
accessible basso continuo. It is this last and more widespread version that was now
published (and recently recorded), and is available for sale.