Quotes

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.

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.

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 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.

And because I have proposed to serve Your Lordship with all the fruits of my little ingenuity , shipping to submit to your Lordship a book of vespers at my expense I 've had printed here in Rome.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Sevilla Cathedral Chapter. 14th. of January 1582.

...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.

¿Aún abrirás los bosques?

¿Aún talarás las olas?

¿Alzarás las columnas

de la noche a la gloria?

¿Gotearás de estrellas

las rojas amapolas?

¿Harás brillar los peces

sobre la orilla sola?

¿Prenderás tus marfiles

en las cimas remotas?

¿Poblarás con tu lumbre

crepuscular la aurora?

¿Serás el mismo que eras,

Tomás Luis de Victoria?

¿Llevarás en la mano

la dorada limosna,

misteriosa moneda,

luna verde y redonda,

ojo donde los hombres

apacientan sus horas?

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.

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

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