Diogo Dias Melgás

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Alias: Diogo Dias Melgaz


Born: 14 April 1638, Cuba, Portugal

Died: 3 February 1700, Évora


Diogo Dias Melgás was a Portuguese composer of polyphony. He was a choirboy at the Colégio da Claustra in Évora in 1546. He took the holy orders at the Cathedral of Évora, where he stayed the rest of his life, being a student of Manuel Rebelo, and holding the position of mestre de capela for about 30 years. He died blind and extremely poor on 3 February 1700. He was the last of the great Portuguese polyphony masters who began to flourish in Évora in the second half of the 16th century.

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