🎻♫♪ – O Magnum Mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria

List Item: Listen to half of the 1001 Classical Works You Must Hear Before You Die
 57/501Title: O Magnum Mysterium 
Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria
Nationality: Spanish

Right, so this is the piece I was meant to be listening to instead of Battle Mass. The difference in length actually means that I probably did these the right way round: Battle Mass at work and O Magnum Mysterium as I got my post together for The Spider’s Stratagem and fretted about the baklava I currently have soaking in syrup. All within 4 minutes.

It’s interesting that, for the 1001 Classical Pieces list, the sole Tomás Luis de Victoria piece that they picked is not the one considered his masterpiece. Instead we get this incredibly short piece which is Catholic chant, traditionally done at Christmas. This is one of the chants that I’m sure will appear in other entries on this list (and might have already appeared already considering how many of these vocal piece I’ve done by now.

Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m a the point where I am just a bit over these simple pieces. It doesn’t feel as if the type of pieces have really moved on in the previous century up to this point – which I guess will be partially down to fewer people moving between nations, therefore the exchanges of ideas and cultures is exceedingly slow. I mean, this piece is fine, but I wasn’t close to being moved.

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