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Manuel Cardoso

1566 - November 24, 1650
born in Fronteira, composed during the Baroque period
Portuguese composer Manuel Cardoso was born in the town of Fronteira, near Portalegre. At age eight or nine, he entered the choir school of Evora Cathedral, where he studied music and grammar. One of his teachers there was the respected composer Manuel Mendes. How long Cardoso stayed in school is unknown, but he entered the Carmelite Convent in Lisbon on July 1, 1688, taking his vow a year later. Cardoso remained a monk for the rest of his life, which is why his name often has Frei (brother) affixed to it. His great fame in Portugal as a musician was matched by a legendary piety. He became maestre di cappella at his Convent and was highly respected by King Joao IV, so much so that Joao had a portrait of the composer hanging in his library. As a sign of the mutual nature of their respect, Cardoso granted Joao the dedication of his first book of masses, in 1625, before the latter had even become king. Cardoso subsequently dedicated his second book of masses to Joao also, as well as the last volume he was to publish in his life, a selection of motets for various feasts, in 1648. The second book of masses was in fact composed on themes provided by Joao. Little else is known of Cardoso's life; he traveled to Madrid in 1631 and received an extraordinarily warm welcome there. He was eminent in his own time and country. Although most of his work seems to have been lost in the Lisbon earthquake and fires of 1755, what survives is of the highest quality. The relative cultural isolation of Portugal allowed Cardoso to continue developing the Palestrinian style of sacred music long after composers in Italy, France, and the lowlands had gone on to other things. To that basic template, he adds the gorgeously expressive harmonic language of a genuine mystic and a greater rhythmic variety. ~ Donato Mancini, Rovi
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1588 makes much more sense for his year of tonsure (life-long vows of monasticism) , but there is a possibility he lived 100 years; the sentence describing his last work of festal motets as given also to the King Joao indicates he did not live past that king's reign, but throughout much of it. It is reminiscent of the enigmatic favorite of the Duke of Mantua, Solomone Rossi, possible illegitimate son of Avaram de Rossi, a Jewish noble. His ability to move in court circles without badge of Judaism
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Listen to my ELF-RUNE radio!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :)
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dkclass6
we need to feel holiness in our lives! this is it.
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Good, puts me in a place that can't be described
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a correction - In 1588 he joined the Carmelite order, taking his vows in 1589. Not 1688!!! His music is sooo beautiful!!
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lburris597
Touches the heart and soul.
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Extraordinar y !
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Amazingly beautiful... a very moving piece.
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rukshanweb
beautiful - brought me to tears. Thanks for adding this composer.
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peace
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I was going to say the same thing as Chris! It might be time for some editing...
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chris_scalco
It is amazing that he entered a convent 38 years after his death...a true miracle!
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A favorite composer and a beautiful music of the Spheres.
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.....althoug h the language communicates little, the musical fabric of this choral work is soft, warm and comforting.. . . . . e n g a g e s amd encourages my spirit.

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