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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.

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.

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 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.

...I shall be obliged to serve Your Lordship to send the other things bring by me to light, I think it will be for the service of God our Lord, and also the taste of Your Lordship.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Jaen Cathedral Chapter. 20th. of July 1593.

...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.

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.

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.

¿Estarás donde estabas,

Tomás Luis de Victoria?

¿Al pie de las vidrieras

abiertas a las olas?

El órgano de plata.

Los rosales sin rosas.

El viento galopando

por la luz misteriosa.

El amarillo otoño

besándonos la boca.

José Hierro

Acordes a Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1952

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