Breves Consolações de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos


Breves Consolações de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos


Breves Consolações de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos (2009)

Piece commissioned for VIII National Piano Contest Cora Pavan Capparelli – Uberlândia, MG – Brazil – 2009, premiered and recorded by Abnáder Domingues.

Duration: 3’.08”

This composition deals with the Chapel of the Afflicted,  also known as Chapel of Our Lady of the Afflicted, which is located on a small street in Liberdade Neighborhood (São Paulo),  where there is one of the few still existing alleys in today’s São Paulo city, named Beco dos Aflitos (Alley of the Afflicted). The chapel was inaugurated in 1775 along with an open-air cemetery.

When it was customary for burial to take place inside the churches, this open-air cemetery was reserved only for the burial of indigents, slaves who did not belong to the Brotherhood of the Rosary and those condemned to death on the gallows. According to the tradition, the condemned spent the night before their execution inside the chapel, praying to Our Lady of the Afflicted to absolve them of their sins, giving them a good death and saving their souls.

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