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I think Your Lordship will be pleased with the printing, because although there are many singers in this holy church, it's point enogh for everyone.

Tomás Luis de Victoria

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

...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.

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.

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

¿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

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.

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