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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.

¿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

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.

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 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 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.

¿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 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.

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.

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.

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