s Officium Defunctorum – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


14/07/2023 — 20:00
Stadkirche | Ludwigsburg | DE
Tomás Luis de Victoria [1548–1611]

Emendemus in melius | responsorium | chant
Usquequo Domine |motet a6 | Francisco Guerrero
Deus, Deus meus respice in me | tractus |chant
Domine, non sum dignus |motet a4 |Tomás Luis de Victoria
Verba mea auribus | antiphon |chant
Non mortui |motet a6 | Manuel Cardoso

Officium defunctorum, 1603 |Tomás Luis de Victoria

Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe


Officium Defunctorum


As chaplain and maestro di capella to the Empress Dowager Maria, sister of Philip II, the Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria (c.1548-1611) wrote a six-part requiem mass upon her death in February 1603. This masterpiece was performed two months later during a grand memorial service in St Peter and Paul’s Church in Madrid and published in 1605. The mystical intensity, extracted from the simplest musical means, makes this Officium defunctorum an absolute highlight of the music of the Spanish Golden Age.