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date: 19 September 2019

Carreira familylocked

  • Owen Rees


Portuguese family of composers. They were active in the 16th and early 17th centuries. The authorship of many pieces cannot be established with certainty because all three composers had the same Christian name and a number of works are, in any case, attributed simply to ‘Carreira’. Besides the three composers, there was another nephew of (1) António, who professed as an Augustinian canon at the monastery of S Vicente de Fora, Lisbon, taking the name Dom Paulo, and died on 28 May 1590 at the priory of Santa Cruz in Coimbra. An obituary describes him as having a fine voice. It might have been thanks to Dom Paulo that music attributed to A. Carreira (or merely Carreira) reached Santa Cruz, where a number of works were copied into score (in P-Cug 242), probably during the 1560s.

(d ?Lisbon, between Sept 22, 1589 and 1597). The first references to this musician, which are unfortunately undated, reveal him to have been a choirboy in the chapel of King João III. By ...

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Porto, Biblioteca Pública Municipal
Lisbon, Fabrica da Sé Patriarcal
Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, Biblioteca Geral, Impressos e Manuscritos Musicais