Uploaded on May 5, 2009
The remote city of Diamantina in the brazilian state of Minas Gerais drives us straight backward into the 18th century.It was founded on the Royal Route (Caminho Real) which linked Minas Gerais with the ports of São Paulo so that gems,diamonds and gold were transported to reach their final destination .Portugal of course, for the glory of its kings.
The city prospered and was granted with beautiful churches,administration and military buildings,schools and the rest. It created inevitably its cultural profile (along with the other bigger cities of Minas) borrowing the baroque element of the metropolis and mingling it with the imagination of local artists and traditions. This is what also happenned in the field of music, mainly religious as it was the custom. The Barroco Mineiro,the particular style which also embraces architecture, sculpture and painting giving very touching results, was born here, too.
Jose Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita was born in Diamantina (it was called Arraial do Tejuco at that time).He appears in history in 1772 as the organist in the church of Santo Antonio ,nowadays the Cathedral,(the big white church with some grey-blue paint,first in the photos). He also worked in other churches (igreja do Carmo, the second one in the photos) before migrating, in 1798, at Ouro Preto probably for financial reasons since the diamond minning was declining. He remained professionally active in the new city and then disappeared from the stage of history in 1800 .He left 15 compositions where one can clearly see that he was a talented man who studied hard the scores of his european fellow composers.
Of course, i took lots of photos, there. In this video I present the religious side of this out this world, peaceful town.
We are listenig to the ´´antifona de nossa senhora`` or ´´salve regina`` (praises to the Virgin Mary) interpatated by the:
Associacao de Canto Coral do Rio de Janeiro
Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira
Edoardo de Guarnieri, conductor
Have a nice time.
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