Quotes

I have been accepted, by special favour of your mother, Augustan and Caesarean Empress, as one of the priests who assist her in anything concerning religious matters

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Missae, 1592. Dedication for prince cardinal Albert.

In this court, and in Spain, my books hav pleased, and the King really liked them, particularly his and the Duke of Savoy's and his daughter, the princess.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Giovanni Giovenale Ancina. 17th. of October 1586.

...I supplicate your Lordship has great care with the correcting of this book, and that every letter is put in place.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Note to his Vesper Pslams printer.

If there were someone trying to find purposes everywhere, there is not a single thing as useful as music, which, reaching our hearts soft but deeply, through the message left in our hearing, provides a clear benefit not only for our soul but also for our body

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Cantica Beata Virginis, 1581. Dedication for the Cardinal Michelle Bonello.

I have been working for really a very long time in church music, which attracts me in a natural way and, since I may elicit from the others’ opinions, quite successfully.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Hymni totius anni, 1581. Dedication for Pope Gregory XIII.

Considering not the gift, but the intention of the person offering it, benefits this task, expecting in a future time, in the case that God allowed me a longer life, greater gifts

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Officium Defunctorum, 1605. Dedication for Margaret of Austria.

Silencio. Del instante

lunar, la fuente brota.

¡Dios mío! Estamos muertos.

Gira el astro. Se borra

la eternidad herida,

las heridas palomas,

el cristal donde estalla

la luz que se desploma.

Todas las almas

llevan sangrando su corona.

Sin tiempo. Sin caminos.

Como un árbol sin hoja.

Como una primavera muda,

y errante y rota...

José Hierro

Acordes a Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1952

Likewise any kind of music has come out of some harmonic sounds produced by disharmonic voices, but reaching monarchs’ ears as something playful and pleasant, nearly heavenly.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Missae, magnificat, motecta, psalmi, 1600. Dedication for Philip III.

Whom was this piece, composed by a Spanish musician, more fairly dedicated for than for the Spanish catholic King, pious and worthy of God’s love?

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Missarum libri duo, 1583. Dedication for Philip II.

I miss the sweet priests' conversation, and I'm not far from returning to this holy city and die in it.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Giovanni Giovenale Ancina. 17th. of October 1586.

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