Juan de Anchieta

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Program: #04-45   Air Date: Nov 01, 2004


NOTE: When we celebrated the life of Charles V, we focused on those composers who he supported with his patronage. But where did he himself learn his love of music? This week, music of the Basque composer (whose mother was great-aunt of Ignatius Loyola) who follows Juana the Mad to Brussels and becomes tutor to the young Charles. The music on this program is from a recording by the Capilla Penaflorida (named for an important musical figure in the musical Enlightenment in the Basque Country) and the wind ensemble Ministries de Marsias conducted by Josep Cabre.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from a Friend of Millennium of Music.

Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523)

The recording is on the Naxos label, and is CD 8.555772. The program is sponsored in part by the Belgian Tourist Office and the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. For more information on visiting Belgium, you may contact the Belgian Tourist Office at:


The recording is a complete presentation of Anchieta's Missa Sine Nomine (that is, "unnamed" mass) with motets and pieces relevant to the liturgy from contemporaries.

This Missa Sine Nomine, like the more famous one by Palestrina, is based on the "L'homme arme" theme. All works are by Anchieta unless otherwise noted.

  • (Anon.: "L'homme arme").


  • Introit: Salve sancta parens ("Hail holy Mother").
  • Missa Sine Nomine: Kyrie; Gloria.
  • Anon.: Gradual: Benedicta et venerabilis est (chant: "Blessed and venerated art thou").
  • Anon.: Reyna muy esclarecida ("Most illustrious queen").
  • Missa Sine Nomine: Credo.

FRANCISCO de PENALOSA (1470-1528):

  • Sancta mater istud agas (instrumental).
  • Anon.: Offertory: Ave Maria (chant).
  • ANCHIETA: Ave Sanctissima Maria ("Hail, most holy Mary").
  • Missa Sine Nomine: Sanctus; Benedictus.

JOHANNES URREDA (fl.1451-1482):

  • Hymn: Pange lingua (organ solo).
  • ANCHIETA: Virgo et Mater ("Virgin and mother").
  • Missa Sine Nomine: Agnus Dei.
  • ANCHIETA: Salve Regina ("Hail Queen, Mother of Mercy").

Composer Info

Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523), FRANCISCO de PENALOSA (1470-1528), JOHANNES URREDA (fl.1451-1482)

CD Info

CD 8.555772

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