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Guerrero, Francisco (1528-1599)  

Francisco Guerrero

born: 4 October 1528
died: 8 November 1599
country: Spain

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Born in 1528, trained by his brother Pedro and later, briefly, by Cristóbal de Morales, Guerrero spent all his career serving the Cathedral of Seville. He had been a boy chorister, becoming so brilliant a youth, proficient on a variety of instruments, a singer and composer, that at eighteen he was appointed maestro at Jaén Cathedral. The Seville Chapter persuaded him back three years later and there he stayed from 1549 until his death. Twice he was almost tempted away by the cathedral post at Málaga, but the Sevillian canons persuaded him to stay with the official position of assistant to the ageing Pedro Fernández and with an assurance of the right of succession to the full chapelmastership. In practice, Guerrero was effectively master of the music anyway but Fernández did not die until 1574, probably in his nineties, by which time Guerrero had been officially assistant for some twenty-three years. Much later, in 1591, it was Guerrero who needed an assistant, being increasingly incapable of efficiently looking after the choirboys. Various assistants included Alonso Lobo, who went on to be maestro at Toledo and finally back in Seville in 1604.

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 Ave virgo sanctissima; 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 ę 1999

Albums
'Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi & other works' (CDA67836)
Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini mihi & other works
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'Guerrero: Missa De la batalla escoutez & other works' (CDH55340)
Guerrero: Missa De la batalla escoutez & other works
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'Guerrero: Missa Sancta et immaculata & other sacred music' (CDH55313)
Guerrero: Missa Sancta et immaculata & other sacred music
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'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
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'Masters of The Royal Chapel, Lisbon' (CDA66725)
Masters of The Royal Chapel, Lisbon
'Miserere' (CDA67938)
Miserere
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'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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On other labels
'Guerrero: Missa Surge propera' (CDGIM040)
Guerrero: Missa Surge propera
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'Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene' (CDGIM031)
Lobo: Missa Maria Magdalene
'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
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'The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe' (CKD052)
The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe
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Complete works available for download
Ave Maria The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Ave Maria The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Ave virgo sanctissima Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Ave virgo sanctissima The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Ave virgo sanctissima A Capella Portuguesa, Owen Rees (conductor)
Ave virgo sanctissima Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Beata Dei genitrix The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Conditor alme siderum Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Dum esset rex The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Duo seraphim clamabant Westminster Cathedral Choir, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Hei mihi, Domine The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Hei mihi, Domine Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
In exitu Israel Westminster Cathedral Choir, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, James O'Donnell (conductor)
La luz de vuestros ojos A Capella Portuguesa, Owen Rees (conductor)
Lauda mater ecclesia Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat octavi toni Westminster Cathedral Choir, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat septimi toni Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Maria Magdalena et altera Maria The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Maria Magdalena et altera Maria The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Missa Congratulamini mihi The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Missa De la batalla escoutez Westminster Cathedral Choir, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Sancta et immaculata Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Surge propera The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
O lux beata Trinitas Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Pange lingua gloriosi Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Post dies octo The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Regina caeli a 4 The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Regina caeli a 8 The Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Regina caeli a 8 The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Regina caeli a 8 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Surge propera amica mea The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Trahe me post te, virgo Maria Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Usquequo, Domine The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Vexilla regis Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ave Maria (Guerrero)
Ave virgo sanctissima (Guerrero)
Beata Dei genitrix (Guerrero)
Conditor alme siderum (Guerrero)
Dum esset rex (Guerrero)
Duo seraphim clamabant (Guerrero)
Hei mihi, Domine (Guerrero)
In exitu Israel (Guerrero)
La luz de vuestros ojos (Guerrero)
Lauda mater ecclesia (Guerrero)
Magnificat octavi toni (Guerrero)
Magnificat septimi toni (Guerrero)
Maria Magdalena et altera Maria (Guerrero)
Missa Congratulamini mihi (Guerrero)
Missa De la batalla escoutez (Guerrero)
Missa Sancta et immaculata (Guerrero)
Missa Surge propera (Guerrero)
O altitudo divitiarum (Guerrero)
O Domine Jesu Christe (Guerrero)
O lux beata Trinitas (Guerrero)
O sacrum convivium (Guerrero)
Pange lingua gloriosi (Guerrero)
Post dies octo (Guerrero)
Regina caeli a 4 (Guerrero)
Regina caeli a 8 (Guerrero)
Surge propera amica mea (Guerrero)
Trahe me post te, virgo Maria (Guerrero)
Usquequo, Domine (Guerrero)
Vexilla regis (Guerrero)
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