Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Ascendens Christus in altum – Gradualia

This impressive live performance of Victoria’s five-part (SSATB) Ascension motet Ascendens Christus in altum (Christ ascending on high) shows what a small talented choir can do with Victoria’s wonderfully sunny and happy music. Modern performances of Victoria’s music tend to involve large forces but as Gradualia’s excellent performance which you can hear below clearly demonstrates…

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Regina caeli laetare a 8

De Victoria’s eight-part (SATB SATB) setting of the Marian antiphon Regina caeli laetare has a distinctly celebratory character it was intended to be sung at Vespers and Compline from  Easter  Sunday to  the  week  after  after Pentecost. I don’t know when it was composed but I think it must be from his Roman period when…

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Vexilia Regis (more hispano)

In Tomás Luis de Victoria’s time Venantius Fortunatus’  hymn Vexilla Regis with its strong connection with the cross was sung at Vespers from Passion Sunday which coincides with Palm Sunday through to Good Friday. Victoria’s setting was published in the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae which he published in 1585. In the original printing de Victoria described…