The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 2: Missa Surge propera

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria’s Missa Surge propera  is a parody Mass, based upon Palestrina’s motet of the same title about which I wrote last Tuesday (see: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (±1525-1594): Surge propera | Saturday Chorale) which was written for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on July 2nd.  It’s a beautiful piece of music tightly written and with great sense of forward movement coupled with towering soaring crescendos. It’s beautifully sung below by the Westminster Cathedral Choir whose trebles scale the heights demanded of them and yet blend seamlessly with the lower voices as the occasion demands. You can hear as they sing that this and music like it – music written to adorn the Liturgy, is this choir’s daily bread and butter they sing it because they believe it and this fervour comes over particularly well in this recording. Enjoy :-).


Scores available from here: Missa Surge propera (Tomás Luis de Victoria) – ChoralWiki

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