Quotes

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

¿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

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.

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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