Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): Vivo ego, dicit Dominus

Photo:  Detail Choir Seville Cathedral Photo Credit: adley-Ives computer desktops

Photo: Detail Choir Seville Cathedral
Photo Credit: Hadley-Ives computer desktops

Alonso Lobo (not to be confused with the Portugese composer Duarte Lôbo) was a native of the province of Seville and spent most of his professional life there. He was born in Osuna in 1555 and at the age of eleven became a choirboy in Seville’s Cathedral, he studied music at Osuna University taking the degree of licenciado. He was appointed chapter secretary to the university’s collegiate church 1581 and five years later was made the collegiate church’s canon. After a further five years in Osuna he took up a post in Seville Cathedral assisting the aging Francisco Guerero six months into that appointment Guerrero took a leave of absence and Lobo was invited to direct the choir in his absence he remained there . In September 1593 he was appointed maestro de capilla of Toledo Cathedral but returned to Seville  in March 1604 to take up a similar post in Seville’s Cathedral. He was greatly respected by his contemporaries including by Victoria himself who considered him as his equal. In 1602 he published a set of seven extra-liturgical motets under the title Moteta ex devotione inter missarum solemnia decantanda one of which Vivo ego, dicit Dominus (As I live, says the Lord) is the subject of this posting. It’s a four-part setting whose Lenten text lends itself well to the motet’s contemplative atmosphere. Lobo maintains this atmosphere until we come to the text’s ending  "sed ut magis convertatur, et vivat" (but rather that he repents, and lives) when he introduces a glorious soaring motif at "et vivat" to represent the eternal life of the sinner who repents and turns to God. Enjoy :-).

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Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): Vivo ego, dicit Dominus

Vivo ego, dicit Dominus:
nolo mortem peccatoris,
sed ut magis convertatur, et vivat.

As I live, says the Lord:
I do not desire the death of a sinner,
but rather that he repents, and lives.

Performers: The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor).

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