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The Fascinating Francisco Guerrero: Requiem Mass (1582)

Works by F. Guerrero, C. de Morales, A. Lobo and Correa de Arauxo

Formation: choir (12-14 singers) and positive organ

Duration: 60’00’’ without pause

Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599) lived in Spain and Italy, spent time in prison for debt, and, at the age of nearly 60 - in the 16th century no less - embarked on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. During his journey, he was captured by pirates and still found time to write a book about his overseas experiences. Nevertheless, his primary virtue lay in composing captivating music, both in the form of sacred music and "Canciones y Villanescas espirituales."

The Cererols Choir pays tribute to this adventurous figure of the Renaissance, placing him within the context of the Andalusian school to which he belonged and to which he contributed so much. To do so, before and after his second Requiem (1582), we perform music from his renowned master Cristóbal de Morales and his no less famous pupil, Alonso Lobo.


Peccantem me quotidie (from Officium Defunctorum) | C. de Morales (1500 – 1553)

Misa pro defunctis (1582) | F. Guerrero (1528 – 1599)

I. Introit

II. Kyrie 

III. Graduale

IV. Tractus - Absolve Domine

V. Offertorium

VI. Sanctus

VII. Hei mihi Domine (in elevatione Domini)

Tiento de noveno tono | F. Correa de Arauxo
(1584 – 1654)

Misa pro defunctis (1582) | F. Guerrero (1528 – 1599)

VIII. Agnus

IX. Communio

X. Responsorium: Libera me

Versa est in luctum | A. Lobo (1555 – 1617)


18. 04. 23
Festival Llums d’Antiga de L'Auditori de Barcelona (Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor)


Catalunya Música, Catalonia


WFMT Radio, US


BBC Radio 3, England


Radio Clásica, Spain


“The chorus absolutely shone, achieving the perfect brightness and roundness to create the sober spirituality that Renaissance sacred polyphony seeks.”

Elsa Álvarez


Promotional video, broadcast by Betevè, of the Guerrero's Requiem concert as part of the Llums d'antiga festival of L'Auditori

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