Tomás Luis da Victoria (1548-1611)

Victoria was a Spanish composer and contemporary of Palestrina.  There is almost no Spanish color in his music, for he spent most of his adult career in Rome.  The liquid and elegant lines are rather like Palestrina, but the music is more personal and does not have the icy perfection of his Roman contemporary. Today's four-voice motet is set to the reading for Palm Sunday.

©Craig Smith

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