Personalities | Cristóbal de Morales | Renaissance | Classical
(Kre-sto’-bal da Mo-ra’-las) c. 1500–53
Morales spent much of his career at the papal court, serving under Leo X and Paul III. He wrote little secular music and his fame rests on his sacred works, which include Masses, motets, lamentations and a book of Magnificat settings. Widely disseminated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Latin America, Morales’ compositions had an important influence on the development of sacred music in the New World. His motet ‘Parce mihi, Domine’ (‘Spare Me, Oh Lord’) was sung in Mexico City in 1556 on the occasion of the death of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
Sacred Choral Works, incl. Missa Queramus cum pastoribus, Westminster Cathedral Choir (dir) James O’Donnell (Hyperion)
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