Tomás Luis de Victoria – Officium defunctorum (1605) AATBarBarB
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44 pages. Also available for SSATTB.
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Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum (1605) was his final publication and contains some of his finest music. The book consisted of a Requiem Mass for 6 voices, a funeral motet, Responsory and a lesson from Matins of the Dead and had been written in 1603 for the funeral of Dowager Empress Maria, sister of Philip II of Spain, whom Victoria had served as chaplain. In the Mass and Responsory, the plainchant is closely paraphrased (usually in Cantus II) whilst the setting of Versa est in luctum shows Victoria’s compositional powers at their most expressive. As a result, the collection has come to be seen as emblematic of the great Spanish tradition of elaborate funeral rites in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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