Last couple of days I was preparing the edition of Alonso Lobo’s Versa est in luctum (for 6 vv.). The direct contact with this work reminded me of the great achievements of these Iberian composers, of the contrapuntal design and expressiveness one can extract from these works. The powerful emotions you get when you hear and work on the musical text cannot be compared to actually perform this work. I hope to sing it one day.
Lobo’s setting of the funeral motet Versa est in luctum was written for the funeral rites of the powerful Spanish ruler King Philip II (in 1598), being published in the composer’s Liber Primus Missarum (Madrid, 1602) with the title “Ad exequias Philip. II Cathol. Regis Hisp.”. (mais…)