Tommaso Ludovico Da Vittoria
( Originally Published 1923 )
Born c. 1540 died some time after 1603. Vittoria (or Victoria) is considered the greatest Spanish representative of the choral school of the sixteenth century, though he spent most of his active working life in Rome. At thirty-three he was Maestro di Cappella of the Collegium Germanicum in Rome, to which institution he had already for some years been attached in a minor capacity. A year or two later he was choirmaster of St. Apollinaris, a post he held for fourteen years, during which period he published a number of books of church music. He then 1eturned to Spain, taking an appointment at the Chapel Royal, at Madrid, and there publishing other works. Vittoria was not only greatly influenced in his work by the Roman School, but, in his turn, exercised influence upon it.. Much of his music is of very great beauty, and he ranks very high amongst the musical workers of his period.
FURTHER READING. A seven-column sketch of his career and compositions in Grove's Dictionary.
PRINTED MUSIC. Messrs. Chester can supply a list ; they keep a large quantity in stock.
GRAMOPHONE RECORDS. At the time of writing no Gramophone Records of Vittoria's music exist, but this is so obvious a lacuna that the author has hopes of inducing one or other of the recording companies to do some-thing towards filling it, and Gramophone Record catalogues should be watched, as issued, by readers interested.