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  • Michiel Hendryck

Huelgas Ensemble — The idiosyncratic sound of Rebelo


  • 20.00 Concertzaal
  • 21.20 Expected end time
  • 19.15 Introduction by Sofie Taes


Highlight of European polyphony, performed by a renowned Belgian early music ensemble

Portuguese prodigy João Lourenço Rebelo is perhaps the only composer to attach absolutely no importance to the publication of his works; he left that job to his patron, King John IV of Portugal. Thanks to the Portuguese monarch’s care (and money) Rebelo’s compositions were published in Rome in 1657, and have only thus been preserved for posterity. That they’ve been preserved is fortunate, because in this evening’s Vesper Psalms and Lamentations, Rebelo shows himself to be a highly original and idiosyncratic composer. By blending Venetian double-choir techniques with ‘early’ polyphony and his very personal use of chromatic elements, he gave Portuguese music its own face. His eight-voice lamentations can be counted among the very best of European Holy Week polyphony.

Program and performers


João Lourenço Rebelo (1610-1661)
Vesper Psalms


Huelgas Ensemble: vocal ensemble
Paul Van Nevel: musical direction