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Rodrigo Lećo
1964 -
Portugal
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R. Lećo
Rodrigo Lećo (15/10/1964), a Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon. Lećo first started playing with Sétima Legićo, an ensemble that produced new visions for Portuguese modern pop music in the beginning of the '80s. Three years later, he became part of one of the most significant musical projects born in Portuguese territory, Madredeus, again playing the keyboards. However, it was not until 1993 that he decided to record his first solo record, Ave Mundi Luminar. The album reflected numberless influences, from classical music to modern downbeat soundings, making a particular statement of his singular songwriting capacity. With the vocal works of Teresa Salgueiro, and with lyrics written in Latin, the album ultimately obtained significant success all across Europe. A year later, Lećo decided to abandon Madredeus, and from then on he focused entirely on his solo career. Theatrum, his second album, arrived in record stores in 1995, and once more reflected his particular composing abilities, portraying singular musical paths that were once again inspired by electronic sounds and world music. More than five years later, in 2000, he released Alma Mater, his third album, once more receiving considerable acclaim.
Dies irae
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1996
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Francisco Menezes
Duration:4’58''
Label(s):Sony Classical SK 63033
Portugese folk/classical song, from the Album Theatrum. Length: 4’58 min. Lyrics by Francisco Menezes:

Dies Irae

Semper fidelis
Nulla pacis
Vale dicere
Dies irae

In desertum
Conta mundum

Lumine solis
splendor mentis
Bellum clamare
Dies Irae

Solvet saeclum
Contra mundum

Source:booklet of cd: Rodrigo Lećo & Vox Ensemble, Theatrum, Sony SK 63033