Marian Devotion in 16th Century Spain

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Program: #09-04   Air Date: Jan 19, 2009

The superb English ensemble Stile Antico performs music for the Virgin Mary by Franco-Flemish composers who worked for the Spanish court (Gombert, Clemens non Papa) as well as the great Iberian creators like Victoria.

We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2008 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht.

We will also direct listeners to their web site, which will provide more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival ( The primary theme for 2008 was the Golden Age in Spain.

NOTE: All of the music on this program was performed by the ensemble Stile Antico. For more information about this ensemble:

The new Harmonia Mundi recording featuring Stile Antico, entitled Song of Songs, has most of the music from this program (HM CD # HMU 807489). For more information:

Marian devotion in 16th-century Spain

Throughout the ages, the Song of Songs inspired the most moving as well as the most sensual compositions. 16th-century Spanish composers eagerly applied the words of this celebration of love to the devotion of the Holy Virgin. The 13 members of Stile Antico, part of the youngest generation of British vocal ensembles, sing a programme of four- to eight-part motets by Guerrero, Victoria, Gombert, Clemens non Papa and others.

Jacobus Clemens non Papa ca.1510/15-1555/6

Ego flos campi ("I am the flower of the field and the lilly of the valley")

(from: Liber octavus cantionum sacrarum, Louvain, 1556)

Rodrigo de Ceballos ca.1525/30-1581

Hortus conclusus ("A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse")

(from: Mus.Ms.1, Cathedral of Sevilla)


Dum esset rex ("While the king was on his couch")

Francisco Guerrero 1528-1599

Surge propera ("Arise, my love, my fair one")

(from: Motetta, Venice, 1570)

Nicolas Gombert ca.1495-ca.1560
Quam pulchra es ("Behold, you are beautiful my love")

(from: Musica quatuor vocum… liber primum, Venice, 1556)

Sebastián de Vivanco ca.1551-16

Veni, dilecte mi ("Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the fields")

(from: Liber motectorum, Salamanca, 1610)


Jam hiems transiit ("For lo, the winter is past")

Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611

Vadam et circuibo ("I will leave and go about the city")

(from: Motecta, Venice, 1572)

Jean Lhéritier ca.1480-1551

Nigra sum ("I am black but comely, daughter of Jerusalem")

(from: Motteti del fiore, secundus liber, Lyon, 1532)


Alleluia, tota pulchra es ("alleluia, you are completely pure, Mary")

Francisco Guerrero

Trahe me post te ("Draw me after you, we will run to the odor of your anointing oils")

(from: Sacrae cantiones, vulgo moteta nuncupata, Sevilla, 1555)

Tomás Luis de Victoria

Vidi speciosam ("I saw the beautiful one rising like a dove above the streams of the water")

Composer Info

Jacobus Clemens non Papa ca.1510/15-1555/6, Rodrigo de Ceballos ca.1525/30-1581, Francisco Guerrero 1528-1599, Nicolas Gombert ca.1495-ca.1560, Sebastián de Vivanco ca.1551-16, Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548-1611, Jean Lhéritier ca.1480-1551

CD Info

HM CD # HMU 807489

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