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His most important surviving works are six Masses (one a parody on Palestrina’s Pentecost motet O rex gloriae), and seven devotional motets published in Madrid in 1602 under the composer’s supervision. Apart from their presence in such major centres as the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and Coimbra in Portugal, copies of this publication found their way to the New World, no fewer than five of them still being extant in Mexico today. These and other works of Lobo were in use in Spain, Portugal and Mexico for more than two centuries after his death: his Lamentations were re-copied in a Seville choirbook in 1772: and his Credo Romano was obligatory at Seville on Sundays, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, and some other days, according to the Cathedral Chapter rules of 1648.
All the motets in the 1602 publication are now published in modern performing editions by Mapa Mundi. The quality of these seven motets is consistently high and individual. The emphasis is upon expression and beauty of sound in an atmosphere of intense but non dramatic religious devotion. The voices are written occasionally with some angularity but always for some expressive purpose. The Roman smoothness and perfection of line that we find in Palestrina and even in Victoria is not characteristic. The style is provincial in the proper sense; just as the style of Byrd, Weelkes, and Gibbons was peculiarly English, so the motets of Lobo and his contemporaries, Esquivel and Vivanco, are beginning to be recognized as peculiarly Spanish.
from notes by Bruno Turner © 1985