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Rebelo was born in Caminha in 1610. He entered the service of Teodósio II, Duke of Braganza in 1624 at the age of fourteen, then became music teacher to his son, who was to become João II, Duke of Braganza in 1630. Rebelo continued to develop as a musician and composer, becoming master of the ducal chapel at Vila Viçosa.
On 1 December 1640 João became King John IV of Portugal and Rebelo transferred to the royal chapel where he continued to foster the King's interest in music and his gifts as a composer.
In 1646 Rebelo was made a nobleman, fidalgo-cavaleiro of the Casa Real. Later he was elevated to a commander of the Order of Christ, a position with significant financial benefits. John IV also honored Rebelo by having his music published, and by dedicating his own first musical treatise to the composer.
Rebelo died at Apelacão on 16 November 1661. Both his brother, the chaplain and singer Padre Marcos Soares Pereira, and King John IV predeceased him in 1656.
"Lauda Jerusalem" à 16
Performed : Huelgas Ensemble
Dir : Paul Van Nevel
Image : Giulio Romano, La Chute des Titans (détail), 1526-35
Mantua, Palazzo del Te, Sala dei Giganti