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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.

¿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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

¿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

...that glory of God our Lord has not left Spain or Italy such a particular book like this for organists.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Letter to Jaen Cathedral Chapter. 10th. of February 1601.

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