'Lamentation' and other
settings by Morales -
'... sensitive and accomplished throughout.'
The Spanish Morales (c1500-1553) came to maturity at a time of maximum turmoil for the Roman Church. Luther was thundering his imprecations against Catholic abuses, while Henry VIII of England was proclaiming his loyalty to the pope so effectively as to earn the title 'Defender of the Faith' -- until Henry needed a divorce from his Spanish queen, that is. Thenceforward the English faith changed, but her monarchs preserved the title on their coinage as a harmless anomaly. Meanwhile Morales had graduated as a tenor in the Sistine Chapel, and was to become the most distinguished Spanish composer of his time...
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