Having lingered among the works of Palestrina, the most famous composer of sacred polyphony in Italy in the 16th century, we pass to Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of the same, in 16th Century Spain. Today we feature is Ave maria.
This performance is by the Royal Choir of Catalunya, with Jordi Savall conducting.
FromRome.Info features at 5 P.M. daily, Rome time, a selection of sacred music for the edification of our readers, so that they can better grasp how contrary to the very nature of Catholic liturgy were the so called “reforms” of Vatican II.
Today we feature Jean Mouton’s, Ave Maria, a sublimely meditative polyphonic composition, with voices scaling up and down the harmonic range, like Angels ascending and descending in adoration.
Mouton was the instructor of Josquin des Prez and clearly had already mastered the principles which Josquin would work into magnificent tapestries of art. It cannot be omitted, that both men had great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, as is manifested in their works dedicated to her.
As we conclude our perusal of sacred music from the repertoire of Josquin des Prés, we feature, for Our Lady’s Day of Saturday, his Ave Maria, From a performance in St John Cantius Church, August 2017.