Magalhâes, Filipe

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Magalhâes, Filipe

Magalhâes, Filipe, important Portuguese composer; b. Azeitao, near Evora, c. 1571; d. Lisbon, Dec. 17, 1652. He studied with Manuel Mendes at the Evora Cathedral cloister school, where he became a singer; then joined Lisbon’s royal chapel choir (1602), serving as its master from 1623 until 1641. He was one of the foremost masters of Portuguese music of his era.


Cantus ecclesiasticus commendandi animas corporaque for 3 to 5 Voices (Lisbon, 1614; 3rd ed., 1691, as Cantum ecclesiasticum); Missarum liber cum antiphonis domincalibus in principio, et motetto pro defunctis for 4 to 6 Voices (Lisbon, 1636); Cantica beatissimae virginis (Lisbon, 1636); Domine, probasti me for Voices (n.d.).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire