4 sacred villanescas
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Musicological reviser
Arthur Sjögren
12 Minutes
Edition Peters
Francisco Guerrero was the most widely published Spanish composer of the 16th Century, and his output of sacred music contains many fine examples of the villanesca, a vernacular Spanish motet. In a rare incursion of the vernacular into the traditional Roman Catholic rite, such pieces were commonly used in Spanish churches during communion and on special feast days. Canciones y villanescas espirituales, from which the pieces in the present compilation have been selected, was published in Venice in 1589.