Quotes

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

¿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

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.

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