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Spain’s greatest Renaissance composer – Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611).

I was interested in one of his versions of the Magnificat, where the verses alternate between polyphony and plainsong, but it’s a bit solemn for my tastes and too lengthy to inflict on the blog.

This, however, is a little beaut …

O vos omnes

The text is Lamentations 1:12 – the lyrics while you listen:

    O vos omnes qui transitis per viam:
attendite et videte si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte:
Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
Attendite, universi populi, et videte dolorem meum.
Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

In English:

     O all ye that pass by the way,
attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.
O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see:
If there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.
Attend, all ye people, and see my sorrow:
If there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.

BBC Radio 3 loves Victoria (1:04:37). I need to pay more attention.

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