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date: 19 February 2020

Bernal, Afonso Perealocked

  • Robert Stevenson

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(b ?Seville; d Coimbra, 1593, before 6 Oct). Portuguese theorist of Spanish birth. His second name has sometimes been incorrectly cited as Pereira. He was appointed professor of music at Coimbra University on 29 May 1553. He published at Coimbra in 1550 an Arte de canto chão, translated from Juan Martínez’s Arte de canto llano (Alcalá de Henares, 1532), an extremely popular manual of plainchant. An enlarged and revised edition was published probably before 1560 (no copies have been found), and another appeared posthumously with the title Arte de Canto-chão, posta & reduzida em sua inteira perfeição, acrecentada de nouo em as entoações de cousas muito necessarias (Coimbra, 1597). The Ave sanctissimum once attributed to ‘A. Bernal’ is by José Bernal Gonçález.

DBP M. Joaquim: ‘Nota bibliográfica’, Boletim da Biblioteca da universidade de Coimbra, 25 (1962), 410 M. de Sampayo Ribeiro: ‘A “Arte cantollano” de autor desconhecido (R. 14670), da Biblioteca nacional de Madrid, e a “Arte” de Juan Martínez’, ...

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E. Vieira, ed.: Diccionário biográphico de musicos portuguezes (Lisbon, 1900)