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Francisco de la Torre (floruit 1483–1504) was a Spanish composer mainly active in the Kingdom of Naples. His hometown may have been Seville. His music can be found in La música en la corte de los Reyes Católicos, edited by H. Anglès (1947–51).

Francisco is first mentioned as a singer in the choir of the royal chapel on 1 July 1483. He took an annual salary of 25,000 maravedís and served in the same capacity for seventeen years. On 15 July 1488 he received a half-prebend from Ferdinand II. He left the royal court at Naples in 1500 and became a curate at the Cathedral of Seville, where on 10 February 1503 he was given charge of the choirboys as succentor and received an increased salary. He soon left this position to Alonso de Alva, the new maestro de capilla (chapel master). When he was last recorded on 30 September 1504 he was a compañero of the cathedral, a rank lower than his previous prebend.

His surviving compositions include one courtly instrumental dance, a funeral responsory (Ne recorderis), an office of the dead, and ten villancicos (three sacred, seven secular). According to Robert Stevenson, his "funerary works, notably the motet Libera me, are of great beauty and expressiveness." Four of his secular villancicos may be classified as romances, having something in common with the Netherlandish composer Juan de Urrede active in Spain in the previous generation. One, Pascua d'Espíritu Sancto, was composed for the feast of Corpus Christi the day after the reconquista of Ronda on 1 June 1485. It is based on a portion of the verse account of the Granada War by Hernando de Ribera.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 La Spagna - Siglos XV - XVI - XVII Atrium Musicæ de Madrid, Gregorio Paniagua 3
1982 Calliope Dances: A Renaissance Revel [unknown] 1
1991 El Cancionero de Palacio (1474-1516) Hespèrion XX / Jordi Savall 2
1992 1492: Music from the Age of Discovery The Waverly Consort 1
1992 Music From the Time of Christopher Columbus Musica Reservata 1
1992 Canciones españolas (feat. mezzo-soprano: Teresa Berganza) Teresa Berganza 2
1992 El Cancionero de la Colombina (1451-1506) Hespèrion XX 2
1994 Pastyme With Good Companye: Tudor Music from Hampton Court I Fagiolini & The Forbury Consort 2
1995 Les Très Riches Heures du Moyen Âge (feat. conductor: Marcel Pérès) Ensemble Organum 1
1995 The Art of the Lute Joseph Iadone 1
1996 Cancionero musical de palacio Ensemble Accentus, Thomas Wimmer 1
1999 El Canciero de la Catedral de Segovia (Ensemble Daedalus) Various Artists 1
1999 Sola m'iré: Cancionero de Palacio (Ensemble Gilles Binchois feat. conductor: Dominique Vellard) Various Artists 1
2000 Reflexe - Stationen europäischer Musik Box 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Viva Rey Ferrando Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
2003 The Toledo Summit (1502) The Orlando Consort 1
2004 Isabel I, Reina de Castilla La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 1
2007 Canciones españolas (feat. mezzo-soprano: Teresa Berganza) Teresa Berganza 1
2007 Francisco Javier: La Ruta de Oriente Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 2
2009 Ministriles reales Hespèrion XX & XXI, Jordi Savall 1
2012 THEN: Renaissance Airs and Dances Stockholm Chamber Brass 1
Music for the Spanish Kings Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Dances of the Renaissance Various Artists 1
2001 España antigua Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
2001 Edition Lied, Volume 1: Come Again Sweet Love Various Artists 1
2005 Brava Berganza!: A Birthday Tribute (feat. mezzo-soprano: Teresa Berganza) Teresa Berganza 1
2012 Erasmus Van Rotterdam: Éloge de la Folie - Praise of Folly - Elogio de la Locura Louise Moaty, Marc Mauillon, René Zosso, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 1

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