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And though these people do not give more than they have cost the postage and printing, I am pleased, because I do not live with it, and my intention was only that churches would be served by my works.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Sigüenza Cathedral Dean. 25th. of March 1588.

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 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.

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 did this Officium for death and honor of the Empress Our Lady, who will be in heaven; which being, to the glory of God, so excellent I have sent to all the princes and prelates of Christendom.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Gollegium Germanicum Rectors in Rome. 1st. of February 1606.

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 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 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.

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