Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): Ave Maria

Lobo’s eight-part setting of the Marian antiphon Ave Maria is one of seven motets that he published in 1602 while employed at Toledo Cathedral. It’s an astounding piece of music that’s based on a scheme of complex 8-in-4 canonical writing in which the lower voices of two SATB choirs sing the same music but the…

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

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…

Alonso Lobo (1555-1617): O quam suavis est, Domine

During his lifetime Alonso Lobo was respected as the equal of  Tomás Luis de Victoria his music was very widespread being found in collections all over Catholic Christendom from the Sistine Chapel to the New World. He published his six-part motet O quam suavis est, Domine in 1607.  Its text is the antiphon for the…

Feature: Duarte Lôbo (±1565-1646): Missa Pro Defunctis a8

On September 21st 2012 I posted two motets by Duarte Lôbo Pater Peccavi ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMKib… ) and Audivi vocem de cælo ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cGZ… ) they’re the only two of Lôbo’s motets that have survived and are not only beautiful and interesting pieces of music in and of themselves but are also interesting because Lôbo wrote…

Duarte Lobo (±1565-1646): Pater Peccavi

Pater peccavi is the second of only two motets by Duarte Lobo known to have survived. It’s a companion piece to ‘Audivi vocem de cælo’ whose opening motif it shares with the first interval being inverted. Apart from its intrinsic beauty it’s an interesting piece of music because it’s Duarte Lobo’s homage to Josquin Desprez.…

Duarte Lobo (±1565-1646): Audivi vocem de cælo

‘Audivi vocem de cælo’ is one of only two of Duarte Lobo’s (±1565-1646)  motet’s that are known to have survived until the present day. If this is typical of his motets I can only say that I wish more of them had survived – it’s a tour de force of seventeenth century polyphony that was…