Música Antiga da UFF was formed in 1981, as a universitary group of Medieval and Renaissance Music. The group has a special focus on playing Medieval Iberian music, since those pieces are strongly related to Brazilian Folk music, although the group also plays pieces from other places.
Música Antiga da UFF started its activities in 1981, retrieving and transmitting not only music, but the very worldview of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Over the years its members have specialized in the techniques of the medieval and renaissance instruments and in the interpretation of the songs of these important historical periods. Formed by Leandro Mendes, Lenora Pinto Mendes, Márcio Paes Selles, Mario Orlando, Sonia Leal Wegenast and Virginia van der Linden, the group is still researching and discovering new ways to inform the public about the early music of Western Europe. Beyond historical and musicological research, the audience has the opportunity to see replicas of the instruments used in those periods and hear the stories that come along with the songs and music performed. During their career, the group has recorded seven CDs and a themed LP that sold a total of 20.000 copies. Over these years the group has held more than 2.000 concerts throughout Brazil, recorded soundtracks to music videos, in addition to organizing courses at festivals and Renaissance fairs. Música Antiga da UFF performs in the most important concert halls of Rio de Janeiro and has also performed in concert halls throughout Brazil. (seviqc-brezice.si)
And here´s is one their real beautiful albums full of rare medieval music:
Medieval music consists of songs, instrumental pieces, and liturgical music from about 500 A.D. to 1400. Medieval music was an era of Western music, including liturgical music (also known as sacred) used for the church, and secular music, non-religious music. Medieval music includes solely vocal music, such as Gregorian chant and choral music (music for a group of singers), solely instrumental music, and music that uses both voices and instruments (typically with the instruments accompanying the voices). Gregorian chant was sung by monks during Catholic Mass. The Mass is a reenactment of Christ’s Last Supper, intended to provide a spiritual connection between man and God. Part of this connection was established through music. This era begins with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century and ends sometime in the early fifteenth century. Establishing the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the Renaissance music era is difficult, since the trends started at different times in different regions. The date range in this article is the one usually adopted by musicologists.
During the Medieval period the foundation was laid for the music notation and music theory practices that would shape Western music into the norms that developed during the common-practice era, a period of shared music writing practices which encompassed the Baroque music composers from 1600–1750, such as J.S. Bach and Classical music period composers from the 1700s such as W.A. Mozart and Romantic music era composers from the 1800s such as Wagner. The most obvious of these is the development of a comprehensive music notational system which enabled composers to write out their song melodies and instrumental pieces on parchment or paper. Prior to the development of musical notation, songs and pieces had to be learned “by ear”, from one person who knew a song to another person. This greatly limited how many people could be taught new music and how wide music could spread to other regions or countries. The development of music notation made it easier to disseminate (spread) songs and musical pieces to a larger number of people and to a wider geographic area. However the theoretical advances, particularly in regard to rhythm—the timing of notes—and polyphony—using multiple, interweaving melodies at the same time—are equally important to the development of Western music. (wikipedia)
What a wonderful opiece of music, full of inner harmony and peace … for all who like such melodies from very long time ago …
Listen and enjoy !
Leandro Mendes – Lenora Pinto Mendes – Márcio Paes Selles – Mario Orlando – Sonia Leal Wegenast – Virginia van der Linden
01. Verbum Caro (documento do século XIV, anônima) 5.04
02. Virga de Jesse (cantiga de Santa Maria, CSM 20) 6.40
03. Mandad’ei comigo (Martin Codax, Cantiga de Amigo, Ca II) 4.39
04. Santa Maria, Strela do Dia (cantiga de Santa Maria, CSM 100) 2.47
05. Arbolicos d’almendra (tradição oral sefaradita, anônima) 3.07
06. 22:22 Juliana e D. Jorge (romance, Rio Grande do Norte)
07. 26:41 Io mestamdo em Coimbra (excerto de romance documentado no século XVI)
08. 31:57 A Virgem mui groriosa (Cantigas de Santa Maria, CSM 42)
09. 35:49 Paulina e D. João (romance, Rio Grande do Norte)
10. 40:23 Todos me llaman ‘La bohemiana’ (tradição oral sefaradita, anônima)
11. 43:03 Vida e Morte (romance, Goiás)
12. 44:53 A la una yo naci (tradição oral sefaradita, anônima)
13. 47:25 Non sofre Santa Maria (cantiga de Santa Maria, CSM 159)
14. 52:00 Faixa bônus. Vida e Morte