Guerrero visited Rome, then Venice and the Holy Land (in 1588); he wrote a best-seller about his Journey to Jerusalem (first printed in 1590). He travelled in Spain occasionally—to Toledo to present his music, to Córdoba as an auditioning judge—but otherwise his life was completely centred on Seville, his home city. His music was printed in Seville, Paris, Louvain, Venice and Rome. Reprinted as far away as Nuremberg and copied in manuscripts in Spain and the New World for two centuries after his death, his compositions were revered and emulated. Many of his motets served as models for Masses by Alonso Lobo, Duarte Lôbo, Pedro Ruimonte, Juan Esquivel, Géry de Ghersem and others well into the seventeenth century. At the Madrid Royal Chapel, Juan del Vado wrote, in about 1650, a Mass upon Guerrero’s ‘hit’ motet; an even later curiosity is an interminable set of ‘mini’ canons upon the first phrase of that motet composed by one Aniceto Baylon of Valencia.
Guerrero was a devout priest-musician but, unlike Morales and Victoria, he was also able to compose delightful secular music and delicate vernacular (Castilian) religious songs. His great legacy of liturgical music is now coming to full recognition for its variety, its endless flow of beautiful melody and its sheer singability.
from notes by Bruno Turner © 1999