Marcos António da Fonseca Portugal [Marco Portogallo]

Marcos Portugal 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 160 sacred works), obtained an unparalleled international success in Portuguese musical history, with thousands 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. | Read more...


15 Feb 2020
New CD available:
Marcos Portugal: sacred music published in the 19th century

CD cover The Lisbon Chamber Choir (Coro de Câmara de Lisboa), sponsored by a publishing support program developed by Direcção-Geral das Artes, has recorded a CD containing four works of Marcos Portugal for soloists, choir and organ/basso continuo. These are the same works contained in the book "Marcos Portugal (1762-1830): 19th century sacred music editions" published in 2017:

  • Mass (Mass, P 01.17);
  • Te Deum (P 04.08);
  • O quam suavis (P 05.11);
  • Tantum ergo (P 04.04).

The CD booklet includes introductory notes by António Jorge Marques and Sérgio Dias, as well as the texts of the four works in Latin, Portuguese and English.

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Note: The catalog numbers mentioned above correspond to the entries in the thematic catalogue (António Jorge Marques, “A obra religiosa de Marcos António Portugal (1762-1830): catálogo temático, crítica de fontes e de texto, proposta de cronologia”, 2012, Lisboa: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal/CESEM, and Bahia: EDUFBA).

Sponsor:
Apoios da edição (Ministério da Cultura e Direcção-Geral das Artes)

6 Oct 2018
New book available:
Marcos Portugal (1762-1830): 19th century sacred music editions

Book cover The Lisbon Chamber Choir (Coro de Câmara de Lisboa), sponsored by a publishing support program developed by Direcção-Geral das Artes (run by the portuguese Ministério da Cultura), together with the National Library of Portugal (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, BNP) and CESEM (Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical), has published a book containing four works of Marcos Portugal for soloists, choir and organ/basso continuo.

This edition contains a Missa (Mass, P 01.17) dated 1783-4, a Te Deum (P 04.08) composed for the baptism of the D. Miguel in 1802, a O quam suavis (P 05.11) and a Tantum ergo (P 04.04). It's a bilingual edition (Portuguese and English) containing a biography of the composer, an essay on the music being published, the detailed description of the sources used and a critical commentary. The critical edition was coordinated by António Jorge Marques.

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Note: The catalog numbers mentioned above correspond to the entries in the thematic catalogue, whose author is the coordinator of this new critical edition (António Jorge Marques, “A obra religiosa de Marcos António Portugal (1762-1830): catálogo temático, crítica de fontes e de texto, proposta de cronologia”, 2012, Lisboa: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal/CESEM, and Bahia: EDUFBA).

Sponsor:
Apoios da edição (Ministério da Cultura e Direcção-Geral das Artes)

11 Jan 2013
Book:
The sacred oeuvre of Marcos António Portugal (1762-1830): thematic catalogue, source and text criticism, chronology proposal

Book cover by António Jorge Marques
Year: 2012
Item Description: 1052 p. + 1 optical disc (CD-Rom); 28 cm
ISBN: 9789725654729
Publisher: National Library of Portugal / CESEM

You can buy the book or find more information in the National Library's website (in Portuguese).

Available for sale: “Missa Grande” full score
5th Aug 2010

Full score cover 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.
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