Mattutino de’ morti

Mattutino de ‘Morti Davide Pereza is considered the most significant musical work of the 18th century in Portugal. It was composed in 1770 and performed for the first time in the same year during the pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo (Our Lady of the Cape). This tradition dates back to the Middle Ages and was restored in the 18th century at the request of the monarchy.

The citation of the Office of the Dead at the end of the pilgrimage was a form of commemoration for the deceased pilgrims and friars. After the first performance in Nossa Senhora do Cabo, Mattutino de ‘Morti was adopted by the Brotherhood of Saint Cecilia in Lisbon as the main work during the year in honour of the deceased musicians and it remained such until the end of the 19th century. Written for an ensemble of five soloists, a choir and an orchestra, Perez’s Mattutino de ‘Morti makes perfect use of the concertato style, distributing the liturgical text in contrasting parts, in which the choral sections alternate with more complex solo sections. The meaning of the text is shifted towards musical rhetoric, with the peculiar atmosphere is emphasised by means of harmony and orchestral colouring.  The expressive relief offered by violas and wind instruments is quite noteworthy.

The narrative of the Oficjum will be interwoven with Conductus funebris by the Krakow composer Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki.

Especially for the Misteria Paschalia Festival in cooperation with the City of Pavia and the Ghislieri  Foundation the concert will be recorded at the Teatro Fraschini in Italian Pavia.



Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665/7–1734)
Salve Regina
(Conductus funebris)

Davide Perez (1711–1778)
Mattutino de’ Morti

Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1665/7–1734)
In paradisum deducant te angeli
(Conductus funebris)


Federico Fiorio – sopran
Marta Redaelli – sopran
Maria Chiara Gallo – alt
Luca Cervoni – tenor
Alessandro Ravasio – bass
Salvo Vitale – bass
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri
Giulio Prandi –conductor