Festival de São Roque – por Thomas Coryat, em Crudities (1611)

[x] representa o número da página na edição de 1905. O relato é de 1608.

[390] The second roome is the place where this festivitie was solemnized to the honour of Saint Roch, at one end whereof was an Altar garnished with many singular ornaments, but especially with a great multitude of silver Candlesticks, in number sixty, and Candles in them of Virgin waxe. This feast consisted principally of Musicke, which was both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so superexcellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like. But how others were affected with it I know not; for mine owne part I can say this, that I was for the time even rapt up with Saint Paul into the third heaven.Sometimes there sung sixteene or twenty men together, having their master or moderator to keepe them in order; and when they sung, the instrumental musitians played also. Sometimes sixteene played together on their instruments, ten Sagbuts, four Cornets, and two Violdegambaees of an extraordinary greatness; sometimes tenne, sixe Sagbuts and foure Cornets; sometimes two, a Cornet and a treble violl. Of those treble viols I heard severall there, whereof each was so good, especially one that I observed above the rest, that I never heard the like before. Those that played upon the treble viols, sung and played together, and sometimes, two singular fellowes played together upon Theorboes, to which they sung also, who yeelded admirable sweet musicke, but so still they could [391] scarce be heard but by those that were very neare them. These two Theorbists concluded that nights musicke, which continued three whole howers at the least. For they beganne about five of the clocke, and ended not before eight. Also it continued as long in the morning: at every time that every severall musicke played, the Organs, whereof there are seven faire paire in that room, standing al in a rowe together, plaied with them. Of the singers there were three or foure so excellent that I thinke few or none in Christendome do excell them, especially one, who had such a peerelesse and (as I may in a maner say) such a supernaturall voice for such a privilege for the sweetnesse of his voice, as sweetnesse, that I think there was never a better sing in all the world, insomuch that he did not onely give the most pleasant contentment that could be imagined, to all the hearers, but also did as it were astonish and amaze them.(…) [392] These musitians had bestowed upon them by that company of Saint Roche an hundred duckats, which is twenty three pound sixe shillings eight pence starling. Thus much concering the musicke of those famous feastes of St. Laurence, the Assumption of our Lady, and Saint Roche.

CORYAT, Thomas. Coryat’s Crudities. Original de 1611. Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons, 1905.

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