Polyphony: Jesu, Dulcis Memoria by Tomás Luis de Victoria

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One of my favorite polyphonic pieces by Tomás Luis de Victoria (da Vittoria)(1548–1611), based on the hymn by Bernard Clairveaux. This version is by the Cambridge Singers.

What do you think about this piece?  Have you ever heard it performed or maybe you’ve been blessed enough to sing it like I have?




Jesu dulcis memoria
dans vera cordis gaudia:
sed super mel et omnia
ejus dulcis praesentia.

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy Presence rest.




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  1. This piece is now thought to have been written in the 19th century and falsely attributed to Fr Victoria. It’s still a nice piece but his genuine works are sublime.

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