Perhaps more critical was its cathedral school, which produced musicians who worked throughout Iberia and beyond: Manuel Cardoso (1566–1650) and Duarte Lobo (c1564/9–1646) worked in Lisbon and elsewhere; and the Spaniard Estêvão Lopes Morago (c.1575–after 1630) served Viseu Cathedral.
Renowned in his time for his music, the devout Carmelite friar Cardoso enjoyed the patronage of King João IV, who kept a portrait of the composer in his music library. Cardoso had strong ties to the royal families of both Spain and Portugal, with King Philip IV a key later patron.
Cardoso’s beautiful Magnificat secundi toni will appear on the upcoming CD as well as the Muckenthaler program. Although he lived well into the Baroque era, Cardoso’s style remained rooted in the stile antico of the late Renaissance polyphonists. Composed by 1605, and published in Lisbon in 1613, the Magnificat follows the traditional harmonic and rhythmic style of Palestrina, although there’s a surprising amount of chromatic spice and dissonance. His use of augmented chords show an awareness of the new "crunchy" harmonies of the early Baroque, and creates a particularly expressive language helped by occasional passages of homophony that highlight the text.
Another important cathedral chapel was that of Braga, whose first known mestre de capela was Miguel da Fonseca (fl.1530–1544). His son Manuel was also a skilled composer, and his lovely Natus est nobis appears on Jouyssance’s first CD.
The Augustinian monastery of Santa Cruz at Coimbra served as a major musical center in the 16th and 17th centuries, employing the versatile Pedro de Cristo (c1550–1618). Although known best in his time for his secular works and sacred villancicos, his motets show his skill at polypohony. He was also known as a performer at the keyboard, the harp, the flute, and the dulcian, an ancestor to the bassoon.
Jouyssance has performed works that show two distinct styles: his sacred works are expressive and even dark in color. His bouncy villancicos are full of syncopation, and recall modern Mariachi music!