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Tomás Luis de Victoria

Tomás Luis de Victoria

(c.1549 - 1611)

Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 - August 20, 1611) began his career as a choirboy in Ávila Cathedral, where he also likely he began studying the keyboard. In his maturity he studied the music of Italian and Iberian masters, including Palestrina, Morales, and Guerrero, becoming a leading composer of the Roman School.

Victoria published his first book of motets in 1572, followed by the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae in 1585, a collection of motets and lamentations for Holy Week Catholic services. These works established Victoria as the most significant composer of the Counter-Reformation in Spain, and one of the most highly-regarded composers of sacred music in the late Renaissance. His masterpiece is the Requiem Mass "Officium defunctorum" for the Empress Maria.

Recommended Recordings

Motets

Astrée E8767
"Cantica Beatae Virginis" - 11 Marian Motets/Astrée E8767
Jordi Savall/La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Hespèrion XX
18 "Responsories for Tenebrae" from Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae/Hyperion CDA66304
David Hill/Choir Of Westminster Cathedral
18 "Responsories for Tenebrae" from Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae/Gimell CDGIM022
Peter Phillips/The Tallis Scholars
18 Motets/Academy Sound & Vision CDGAU338
Andrew Hope/Victoria Voices & Viols

Masses (O Magnum Mysterium, etc)

Naxos 8.550575
Masses and Motets "O magnum mysterium" & "O quam gloriosum"; Motets: "Ardens est cor meum" & "Ave Maria"/Naxos 8.550575
Jeremy Summerly/Oxford Camerata
Mass & Motet "Vidi speciosam" and Motets: "Ave Maria", "Ave maris stella", "Ne timeas, Maria", and "Sancta Maria, succurre miseris"/Hyperion CDA66129
David Hill/Choir Of Westminster Cathedral
Mass & Motet "Vidi speciosam" and Motets: "Ave Maria", "Ave maris stella", "Ne timeas, Maria", and "Sancta Maria, succurre miseris"/Hyperion CDA66129
David Hill/Choir Of Westminster Cathedral
Mass & Motet "Ascendens Christus", Mass & Motet "O magnum mysterium"/Hyperion CDA66129
David Hill/Choir Of Westminster Cathedral

Requiem

Hyperion CDA66250
Requiem "Officium defunctorum" for 6 Voices (expanded version)/Hyperion CDA66250
David Hill/Choir Of Westminster Cathedral
Requiem "Officium defunctorum" (short version); Funeral Motets "Versa est in luctum" by Victoria & Alonso Lôbo/Gimell CDGIM012
Peter Phillips/The Tallis Scholars
Requiem "Officium defunctorum" for 6 Voices/Archiv Produktion 447095-2
Paul McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort
Trumpet