The Policoral Mass of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by Manuel de Tavares

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Manuel de Tavares (c. 1585-1638) was a Portuguese composer who accomplished his professional career in several Spanish cathedrals and occupied the position of Master of chapel in Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria between 1631 and 1638. In this city the composer developed and reinforced the polychoral style. From this core of pieces which remain till the present days we can find a polychoral mass. So, this paper is about the characterization of this mass according to the following items: codicological analysis and from the musical contents and its normal framing; and between text and music and polychoral writing: type of voices and combination of clefs, movement of parts from bass and harmonical independence in tutti passage and antiformal change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in design, music and arts, EIMAD 2020
EditorsDaniel Raposo, João Neves, João Silva, Luísa Correia Castilho, Rui Dias
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-55700-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-55699-0
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event7th Meeting of Research in Music, Arts and Design - Castelo Branco, Portugal
Duration: 14 May 202015 May 2020

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Design and Innovation


Conference7th Meeting of Research in Music, Arts and Design
CityCastelo Branco


  • Mass
  • Manuel de Tavares
  • Polychorality
  • Polyphony
  • Antiphonal change


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