Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) : Salve regina a 8

Tomás Luis de Victoria stands shoulder to shoulder with other musical giants of his age such as Byrd, de Lassus, Palestrina, and Tallis, while his output was relatively small – Palestrina for example published five times as much music as Victoria did, de Lassus published even more, and of the four only Victoria published no…

Felice Anerio (±1560-1614): Salve Regina

Felice Anerio (±1560-1614) is the older but lesser-known of the Anerio brothers. He had a very successful musical career starting his career as a choirboy in S. Maria Maggiore before transferring to St Peter’s to sing and study under Palestrina. Following his release from St. Peter’s he held a variety of prestigious posts in Rome…

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Geistliches Lied, Op 30

The Op 30 Geistliches Lied  (Sacred Song) is Brahms’ earliest accompanied choral work he composed it in 1856 – the same year in which he composed his Missa Canonica, he was all of twenty-three years old . It’s an accomplished piece of writing that combines a mastery of counterpoint with a sense of delicacy  to…

James MacMillan (b1959): A child’s prayer

On March 13th 1996 an unemployed former shopkeeper named Thomas Hamilton who had been investigated by Scottish police for child abuse and referred by them for prosecution walked into Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Stirling, Scotland, and made his way to the school gymnasium. There he opened fire on a class of five and six…

Palestrina: Christmas Motet Hodie Christus natus est & Christmas Mass Missa Hodie Christus natus est – YouTube

Picture: Domenico GhirlandaioAdoration of the ShepherdsStart Date 1482 Completion Date: 1485Technique: Oil on canvasLocation: Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita, Florence For this year’s Christmas’ music I’ve picked one of Palestrina’s Christmas motets  ‘Hodie Christus natus est’ (This day was Christ born) the Mass setting he based upon it. They’re both beautiful pieces of music and both…