Franciscan World Youth Day Invite: Brazillian Composer José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita

by Sister Julie Ann on June 17, 2013

Are you ready to pilgrimage to Brazil? Although many are making travel plans to Brazil or may even Assisi, some of us may need to rely on a spiritual communion with those meeting Pope Francis and other pilgrims in the coming days. No matter how you experience this Church moment, you can anticipate World Youth Day with Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity by enjoying Instituto Musica Brasilis, founded in 2009 by Dr. Rosana Lanzelotte, harpsichordist, researcher and PhD in Computer Science.

Franciscan-PilgrimageOur goal whether you are able to attend World Youth Day in person or in spirit is to acquaint you with the wonder and beauty of Brazilian music and culture. This Brazilian website’s main goal is to make available Brazilian music scores, inaccessible nowadays due to the lack of paper editions.

To begin this experience click here for Instituto Musica Brazilis Website.

More About Instituto Musica Brazilis

More than 1000 scores by  Brazilian composers are available, among which all the 218 piano works by Ernesto Nazareth, more than 40 works by José Maurício Nunes Garcia – the main composer of the beginning of the XIXth century – and 20 works by Alberto Nepomuceno – the composer that introduced the musical nationalism in Brasil. When it is the case, all the instrument parts are also available.

MusicabrazilisThe new website provides for searching repertoire by instrumentation, genre and period, and will include the works by more than 300 composers, both classical and popular.

Musica Brasilis is the web representative of traditional publishers, such as Irmãos Vitale and Academia Brasileira de Música.  It is also representing important Brazilian composer, among which Edmundo Villani-Cortes, Jocy de Oliveira and Raul do Valle.

From 2012 on, teaching music has been made mandatory in all Brazilian schools. More than 32 million children will be taught music somehow. Instituto Musica Brasilis is working in contributing to this goal by providing didactic material about instruments, composers and genres, including interactives games.

José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita

jose-joaquim-emerico-lobo-de-mesquita_rev_0 copyIn the next weeks we will highlight videos-a different video each week.

We began with José Mauricio Nunes Garcia: Tota Pulchra es Maria, Missa.

Click here to hear and learn more about José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, our second highlighted musician. Enter ‘José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita’ in the search tool and click on ‘Buscar’.

Featured Composition

Feel the resurrection joy in this video capturing the composition Missa em fa. Pope Francis’s Pentecost words of encouragement easily accompany this musical score: “The Holy Spirit is the supreme gift of the risen Christ to his apostles, yet he wants that gift to reach everyone…makes us look to the horizon and drives us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ.”

‘José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita is widely considered the most eminent composers of “Mining School.” Copies of his works were preserved in almost all music files of Minas Gerais and other states, which gives the size of its importance at the time. All known works of Lobo de Mesquita are essentially vocal (solos or choir), religious and largely with orchestral accompaniment.

É por muitos considerado o mais eminente dos compositores da “Escola Mineira”. Cópias de suas obras foram conservadas em quase todos os arquivos musicais de Minas Gerais e de outros estados, o que dá a dimensão de sua importância na época. Todas as obras conhecidas de Lobo de Mesquita são essencialmente vocais (solos ou coro), religiosas e em grande parte com acompanhamento orquestral.

4 thoughts on “Franciscan World Youth Day Invite: Brazillian Composer José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita”

  1. Sister Kathleen says:

    It always amazes me–the truth in the statement “music is the universal language”. I do not speak or understand Spanish, but the voices of the instruments and vocalists speak with such passion, devotion and awe that one can’t help but be drawn into the holiness of their message. The peace one finds in true beauty is a gift God gives in so many ways. Thanks for
    sharing this “voice” of God with us all!

  2. Sister Regina Rose says:

    Listened to several of Garcia’s compositions and they are truly beautiful masterpieces! His music stirs the soul with ease, taking the listener from sorrow and sadness to triumph and glory. I can see why he is considered one of the most important composers in Brazil! Great! Looking forward to hearing from more artists and am excited to investigate the Instituto website a little more!

  3. Sister Mary Ann Spanjers says:

    It
    is quite uplifting to listen to! Thanks so much to the Instituto Musica
    Brasilis for being part of our preparation for World Youth Day!

  4. Sister Angela says:

    I chose the “visit to Brazil” I was delighted by the excellence of the music as well as the performer. I “dipped” into about 15-20 selections to listen. Brazilian music is all quite new and fresh for me. I want to listen to more. It can be addicting. I would really like to peruse the music history given.

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