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(1548-1611) Famed Renaissance composer from Spain. Considered one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation and of sacred music, Victoria was ordained as a priest at Loyola's monastery, but spent the majority of his career serving the Empress Maria of Spain. One of Victoria's most treasured works is the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, a collection of music written for the Holy Week liturgy and played at the Sistine Chapel, to which this lot pertains. Rare 13" x 11" illuminated musical manuscript sheet, 1p. vellum, a section of the Hebdomadae, specifically a part of the "Jesum Tradidit Impius". The Jesum Tradidit Impius sets the Passion of Matthew to music, and is considered the highlight of Victoria's composition. The sheet contains the line: "[addu] xerunt aute' eum ad caipha' principem sacerdotum ubi scribe et pharisei conve [nerant]", which translates to: "And they led him to Caiphas the high priest, where the Scribes and Pharisees were met together". The sheet appears to have been finely sliced from an antiphonary book, given the Roman numeral page number at the upper right corner and the slight chafing at the margin. It is unlikely that this sheet was penned by Victoria himself; the Yale Conservation department has confirmed the time period as late sixteenth century, so it is likely a contemporary copy from a European church or monastery. Included is an illuminated musical manuscript page reciting the "Gloria Patri". Both are slightly toned with light foxing and ink pinholes, else very good. A fine item for the collector of sacred Renaissance music.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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