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Methodo de musica, escrito e offerecido a sua Alteza Real o Principe Regente Nosso Senhor . . . destindado para as lições da aula . .  


Coimbra, na Real Imprensa da Universidade, 1806.


Small 4to.  xxxv, (1), 65, (3) pp.  With 5 folding plates of printed music.  Quarter bound.   Ownership signature on title p., traces of worming in upper gutter margin of pp. ix-xxxv.

Vieira describes this work as an excellent work of its kind, written with great clarity and purity of language " (Diccionário biográphico de músicos portuguezes, Vol. II, pp. 68-72), which was used by students of music until the late 19th century.   José Mauricio studied at Salamanca, and later became organist at Santa Cruz monastery at Coimbra.   In 1791 he was appointed as director of the music school in the bishop's palace and became mestre de capela at Coimbra University.   When the Prince Regent and future D. João VI reorganized the Music School of the university, he was appointed its professor, and his lessons proved so popular that instead of lasting for the statutory ninety minutes they continued for two and even three hours.   In the introduction he writes that for years he taught using small manuscript leaflets he wrote himself, but he later decided that a printed volume would be more practical, and therefore compiled this, his only published work.   José Maurício wrote many modinhas, though he composed chiefly sacred works, and his Magnificat in G minor reveals him as a highly competent follower of Haydn (see Grove, Dictionary of Music & Musicians, Vol. 11, pp. 843-44).   Coimbra cathedral owns three choir books with masses in ornamented plainsong composed by him.   

Innocêncio V, 67.  Vasconcellos I, 235.   Not in Angelés y Subirá, Cat. musical de la Bibl. Nac. de Madrid.     

£ 380



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