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Dulcissima Maria

1610; 4vv SATB
author of text
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, after Psalm 45 & Song of Songs

In addition to singing together as boys in the choir at Ávila, Sebastián de Vivanco and Tomás Luis de Victoria both went on to the seminary. Vivanco held three cathedral positions: at Segovia, Ávila and finally Salamanca. It is interesting to note that when a statue of Saint Teresa of Ávila was commissioned during the nineteenth century by the people of Ávila to mark her 300th anniversary, the names of other historical Ávilans of note were inscribed on the pedestal. Vivanco, not Victoria, was the only musician included, giving us a sense of the esteem in which he was still held. Dulcissima Maria is a highly expressive motet in honour of Our Lady.

from notes by Charles Cole © 2020


Sacred treasures of Spain
Studio Master: CDA68359Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 14 on CDA68359 [5'48]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68359 track 14

Recording date
20 November 2017
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred treasures of Spain (CDA68359)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2020
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