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Versa est in luctum

1598; 6vv SSATTB; for the memorial of Philip II of Spain in Toledo Cathedral; 'Ad exequias Philip. II Cathol. Regis Hisp.'; published Liber primus Missarum, Madrid, 1602
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Job 30: 31 & 7: 16; Office of the Dead

Alonso Lobo’s masterpiece is one of three motets for six voices included in his sole publication (1602), four years after Philip II had died. Lobo had designated all the motets as for singing at solemn masses, and the funeral motet was headed ’at the obsequies of Philip II Catholic King of Spain’. It is possible that it was sung at the king’s funeral, but there’s no evidence. We can be sure that it was sung at Toledo Cathedral’s memorial service.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 2020


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Sacred treasures of Spain
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