Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V: Tomás Luis de Victoria

In the latter part of the sixteenth century, Tomás Luis de Victoria was regarded as one of the most important composers in Spain. He spent time in Italy, Rome, but was allowed to return to Spain by the then king, Philip II.

Sacred works were his métier - no surprise given the times and the fact he was an ordained priest. Given our fondness for choral works (and the fact that the two of us are fond of 'older' music) it's no shock Victoria is among our collection. The album, "Motets" is a good exemplar of his work.

What, for me, is a surprise is that I don't count his "Lamentations of Jeremiah" among my collection. Usually anything with the word "Lamentations" in the title is a sure fit. That's just the way of things.

So, excuse me, I need to go buy a new CD.

4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I could write with this playing - something I can't do with most music. I'm buying the CD.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Laura - and that you'll get to enjoy the CD.

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  2. O Magnum Mysterium has brought me to tears more than once (for all the right reasons).

    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. As it can for me also. Thank you for the visit, and the comment.

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