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Friday, 23 May 2014

Et Factum Est, Est Ductus Captivitatem . . . Cristóbal de Morales (1500 - 1553).

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Cristóbal de Morales by Angelo Rossi (dates unknown).
The original print is from Andrea Adami's Osservazioni
per ben regolare il coro dei cantori della
Cappella pontificia. Catalogo de' nomi, cognomi,
e patria de i cantori pontifici (Rome, 1711).
Date: 18th-Century.
Source: Dějiny hudby II. Renesance, p. 231.
Author: Angelo Rossi.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Cristóbal de Morales (1500 – 1553) was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria. He was born in Seville and, after an exceptional early education, which included a rigorous training in the classics as well as musical study with some of the foremost composers, he held posts at Ávila and Plasencia.

There is some evidence that he was a difficult character, aware of his exceptional talent, but incapable of getting along with those of lesser musical abilities. He made severe demands on the singers in his employ, alienated employers, and likely came across as arrogant. In spite of this, he was regarded as one of the finest composers in Europe around the middle of the 16th-Century.

Et Factum Est,
Est Ductus Captivitatem . . .
Cristóbal de Morales
(1500 - 1553).
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