Avilez [Avilés, Avilés Lusitano], Manuel Leitao [Leitam, Leitán]
Born in Portugal he studied with Antònio Ferro in Portalegre Cathedral, where he was as a choirboy. Nothing else is known of him until 1601, when he figures as a Chapelmaster in the Capilla del Salvador in Úbeda (Jaén). In 1603 he secured a post as chapelmaster at the Capilla Real in Granada. He composed vernacular music which is now lost and, according to Stevenson (2001): "His surviving music (in E-GRcr) includes four penitential motets (Domine nos secundum peccata nostra, In jejunio et fletu and Adjuva nos for four voices and Adjuva nos for three), two four-part Passions —one for Palm Sunday (St Matthew), the other for Good Friday (St John)— and two incomplete Lamentations verses, Quomodo sedet sola civitas and Non est inventus similis illi, both for four voices".
Manuel Avilez, also known as "Lusitano" and author of the compositions in E-GRcr 1 and E-GRcr 6, should not be confused with the more famous theorist and composer Vicente Lusitano, active in Italy.
List of works
|Work ID||Title||Ascription||MS / Print||Date|
|E-GRcr 01 (51v-53r)||Domine non secundum||Lusitano||MS||17/1|
|E-GRcr 01 (53v-54r)||[Domine non secundum]. Adjuva nos Deus||Lusitano||MS||17/1|
|E-GRcr 01 (54v-55r)||In ieiunio et fletu||Lusitano||MS||17/1|
|E-GRcr 01 (55v-59r)||Pasión según San Mateo||Lusitani||MS||17/1|
|E-GRcr 01 (59v-62r)||Pasión según San Juan||Lusitani||MS||17/1|
|E-GRcr 01 (78v-79r)||[Domine non secundum]. Adjuva nos, Deus||Lusitano||MS||17/1|
How to cite
Mercedes Castillo-Ferreira, "Avilez [Avilés, Avilés Lusitano], Manuel Leitao [Leitam, Leitán]", Books of Hispanic Polyphony, ed. E. Ros-Fábregas (accession date: 28 Feb 2021), https://hispanicpolyphony.eu/person/26199