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Discography: (US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog: "Saturday Morning Quotes - Magnum Mysterium 3" (19 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 23, 2016

"In previous posts, we have offered background and details on versions by William Byrd and Tomás Luis de Victoria.  This week’s post is devoted to the beautiful setting of “O magnum mysterium” by Spanish composer, Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553), offering background and essential insights that lead to an historically-sensitive performance. ...

Morales was a gifted and prolific composer who took pride in his Spanish heritage to the extent that his publications described him as “Christophorus Morales Hyspalensis”.  His extensive output consisted primarily of sacred music, leaving behind only a handful of secular pieces including the anonymous romance, “De Antequera sale el Moro”, a piece that survives in an intabulated setting found in Miguel de Fuenllana’s Libro de música para vihuela, intitulado Orphénica Lyra, Sevilla, 1554.   If Morales was proud of his Spanish identity, Spain was likewise proud of him:  Music theorist and author of Declaración de instrumentos musicales, Fray Juan Bermudo (c.1510 – 1565), described Morales as “the light of Spain in music.” ...

"This is our third post highlighting another polyphonic setting of the Christmas responsory text, “O magnum mysterium” from our new recording, Magnum Mysterium, and we also announce the availability of our new companion book of scores from the recording."

Visit the Unquiet Thoughts blog site to read the full article and of earlier blogs.