Cantor of Seville by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony

Cantor of Seville

by Ken Myers

If there were a competition for such a thing, the award for Best-Known Choral Composer of the Renaissance would probably go to Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525–1594). For a host of good reasons, Palestrina is the closest thing we have to a sixteenth-century musical celebrity. His contemporary Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548–1611) would probably come away with the silver medal in such a contest.

They were both towering talents and deserve the honors accorded them. But their stature has unfortunately tended to obscure the remarkable (and somet . . .