Comemmorating the 400th Anniversary of the death of Tomás Luis de Victoria (SF)
2011 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of the great Spanish Renaissance master Tomás Luis de Victoria. There are musical celebrations taking place all over the world, - performances by groups like The Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, new CDs, etc. But you don't need to leave the bay area, or invest in a CD box set, to participate in these events, and it won't cost you anything. To mark this auspicious occasion, Schola Adventus, an excellent professional ensemble, will sing two of Victoria's masterworks: the Missa O quam gloriosum and the six-part Missa pro defunctis. Both works will be performed on the occasions in the liturgical calendar for which they were intended.
Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30pm
Procession & High Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints
Setting: Victoria - Missa O quam gloriosum
Missa O quam gloriosum is one of fifteen parody masses that Victoria wrote during the course of his career, and on this occasion he was parodying his own motet, O quam gloriosum, the text of which is the antiphon to the Magnificat at Second Vespers on All Saints' Day. This motet will also be sung at the service.
Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30pm
High Mass of Requiem for the Feast of All Souls
Setting: Victoria - Missa pro defunctis with Gregorian Chant interpolations
Victoria's great Missa pro defunctis formed part of his Officium defunctorum, composed in 1603 for the death of his employer, the Dowager Empress Maria, sister of King Philip II of Spain, and first performed at the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid where Victoria was employed from 1587. Although first heard in April of 1603 at the great obsequies for Empress Maria which took place on April 22 and 23, as a setting of the Requiem Mass, it has become associated with All Souls' Day, when the names of the faithful departed are remembered.
Church of the Advent of Christ the King
261 Fell St., San Francisco, between Gough and Franklin
Civic Center BART, Van Ness MUNI, easy street parking