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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria: Part 12 Ave Maris Stella a 4 (1581 Setting)

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September 17, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria set the Hymn Ave maris stella twice he published this version in 1581 and a second one in 1600. The 1581 setting is a four-part setting of the annunciation hymn text written as was customary in 'alternatim' style that is with verses set to chant and polyphony alternately with the chant to which Victoria makes continuous reference the result is a musical meditation upon the hymn text which in this recording ends with the versicle and response "Ave Maria, gratia plena."

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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 11: Magnificat septimi toni

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September 10, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria wrote eighteen settings of the Magnificat of which sixteen are four-part settings and two are large-scale polychoral works setting all the verses of the canticle after an opening plainsong intonation. The Magnificat septimi toni which you can hear below sung by the Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by Martin Baker is one of the polychoral settings. It's preceded by a a short plainsong antiphon 'Gabriel Angelus' and opens with a brief intonation of the  word 'magnificat'.  Thereafter Victoria sets it alternatim – the odd-numbered verses are polyphonic while the even-numbered ones are plainsong. It's mostly SATB but Victoria adds variety by employing reduced forces, ATB or SAT, in some places. It's quite an intimate piece of music very fugal in styles with many of its motifs derived from  from the plainsong. It's a setting I greatly admire and often listen to. I enjoy the triple-time setting he uses for both 'Suscepit Israel …' and the final  verse plainsong verse but the higlight for me is how in the five-part setting of Gloria (Gloria Patri …) the trebles sing the plainsong in gloriously soaring long notes above the lower voices' polyphony. It takes a really good choir who know what they're about to bring this off but when they do – oh my. Victoria ends and brings us gently back to earth by having the choir repeat the last plainsong verse followed by a repetition of the antiphon. Enjoy :-).

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Thomas Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis – YouTube

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September 7, 2013

Tallis' motet Loquebantur variis linguis is a polyphonic responsory of the type created and established in the repertoire by Taverner. It's a Pentecostal motet (as can immediately be seen from the text and translation which I give below) and is characterised by a tenor cantus firmus around which the six other voices create a polyphonic web. Its ends with a very lavish Alleluia. The score is available from here:

http://www3.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Loquebantur_variis_linguis_%28Thomas_Tallis%29

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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 10: Ave Maria a 8

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September 3, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Unlike the four-part setting of the Ave Maria for four voices Victoria's eight-part setting for double choir (SATB + SATB) is undoubtedly by him. It was first published in Venice in 1572 and Victoria – ever the perfectionist edited no less than eight times for re-publication the last time in 1600. I've sometimes seen it described as a 'sumptuous' piece of music and 'sumptuous' is the perfect word for it. It's a splendid piece of music with a great sense of spaciousness every note of which I love from the . Victoria wrote it in a very effective antiphonal style in which homophonic and polyphonic passages alternate creating a dialogue between the two choirs. It's a deceptively simple piece of music where as Ignacio Alcala puts it "the chiarouscuros suggested by the staves acquire a special significance and endow the score with feeling and with passion". It's sung below by the Capella de Ministrers conducted by their founder Carles Magraner. Enjoy :-).

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The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 9: Missa Ave Regina caelorum

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August 27, 2013

Madonna with the Child (Luis de Morales circa 1520-1586) Victoria wrote his setting of the Mass 'Missa Ave Regina caelorum' for two equal SATB choirs it's a brilliantly intense piece of music in which you can hear material from his settings of the motet 'Ave Regina Caelorum'. (I wrote about his eight-part setting of 'Ave Regina caelorum here: The Marian Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria Part 4: Ave Regina caelorum a 8 | Saturday Chorale mfi). It's characterised by rythmic vigour, rapid changes in texture and very powerful climaxes all of which combine to give a great sense of forward movement and of joy to the piece. Whenever I hear this Mass I'm always struck by how Victoria solved the problem faced by all composers of making the Gloria and the Credo musically interesting. Victoria's solution to the fact that these sections of the Mass are both long and verbose is to engage the choirs in a vigorous musical dialogue of antiphonal exchanges thereby adding both colour and interest to them. It's sung below with conviction by the Westminster Cathedral Choir conducted by Martin Baker. Enjoy :-).

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