Francisco Guerrero

Biography

Born: October 4, 1528; Seville, Spain   Died: November 8, 1599; Seville, Spain  
Guerrero was one of the two great Spanish composers of his generation, second only to Tomás Luis de Victoria. His first music teachers included his brother Pedro and Cristóbal de Morales, but the prodigious young musician trained himself on a number of instruments -- the vihuela, harp, cornett, and organ -- and seems to have become an exceptional singer. His first important job was as a boy singer in the Seville Cathedral, where he stayed until Read more 1546, when he was appointed maestro di cappella of the Jaén Cathedral, aged only 17. Among his duties was teaching and caring for six choirboys. His utter neglect of those boys almost cost him his enviable position, but that black mark on his record didn't slow his career. By the early 1550s, he was gaining his reputation as a composer and this apparently made him valuable enough that he was treated very leniently, even fought over by potential employers. He visited Seville in 1549, where he was slyly offered a prebend as a singer, and so he didn't return to his post in Jaén. In the early 1550s, the Málaga Cathedral twice tried to reel him in with offers to make him maestro di cappella, to which the Seville Cathedral successfully retaliated by obtaining for him, in 1554, a papal brief that made him the successor to their own maestro, Pedro Fernández. Obviously a man with a travel bug, aside from publishing numerous collections of music, Guerrero traveled almost continuously throughout his life from this point on. On March 9, 1574, he finally succeeded Fernández, but this didn't impede his travels. In 1579, he was given a year's leave of absence to see Rome and set out until 1581, when two collections of his music that he'd been preparing were at last ready. He returned to Seville in late 1582/early 1583. Guerrero's restless traveling reached its zenith in 1588, when he got as far south as Jaffa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Damascus. On January 9, 1589, presumably inspired by his visit to the Holy Land, he arrived back in Venice, where he spent several weeks preparing his second book of motets and his Canciones y villanescas espirituales for publication. At this time, he must have also begun writing his popular book about his trip to the Holy Land, which was published the following year. His next move, however, set off a terrible chain reaction of events that seem sadly ironic in light of his early professional wantonness. He set sail for Marseilles and during the passage, the ship he was on was boarded twice by pirates, who exacted ransom from Guerrero for his life. The robberies, coupled with the costs of his publishing ventures, left him close to destitute. Poverty forced him to take responsibility for the choirboys again, something he hadn't done in more than 40 years. At his age, he couldn't cope and he was thrown into debtors' prison on August 21. Eleven days later, the Seville Cathedral bought him his freedom for 280 ducats, to be paid to his creditors. In January 1599, the Cathedral granted him leave to revisit the Holy Land. Guerrero was never to see his beloved Jerusalem again; he died of the plague in Seville later that year. Read less
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764955 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Fernandes,  Manuel Machado,  Pedro de Cristo,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Siobhan Stagg
    Conductor:  Danny Lucin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Compañia
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    From Spain to Eternity / Ensemble Plus Ultra
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002054502 Release Date: 06/03/2014  
    Composer:  Alonso Lobo,  Cristóbal de Morales,  Francisco Guerrero,  Alonso de Tejeda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Plus Ultra
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    The Golden Age Vol 1 - Europe / Philip Cave, Magnificat
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 1156245 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Francisco Guerrero,  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Cave
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magnificat Choir
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    Alonso Lobo: Misas Prudentes Virgines; Beata Dei Genitrix
    Label: Lauda   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Alonso Lobo
    Conductor:  Albert Recasens
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    Road To Compostela: A Galician Christmas Revels
    Label: Revels Inc.   Catalog: 2013 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Galician Traditional,  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Anxo Romero  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Meyers,  Abe Finch,  Salomé Sandoval,  Josh Schreiber [Viola da Gamba] Shalem  ... 
    Conductor:  George Emlen
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    Ave Maria: Gregorian Chant
    Label: Seraphic Fire Media   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero,  Josquin Des Préz,  Leonel Power  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Soph,  Owen [Tenor (Vocal)] McIntosh,  Esteli Gomez,  Molly Quinn  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Dupré Quigley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seraphic Fire
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 81402 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Anonymous,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Juan de Esquivel Barahona  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Ross
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    Renaissance Radio / The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Josquin Des Préz,  Cypriano de Rore,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Roberts,  Andrew Carwood
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Pro Pacem - Textes, Art & Musiques pour la Paix / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9894 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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    Miserere / Martin Baker, Choir Of Westminster Cathedral
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67938 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  George Malcolm,  Giovanni Croce,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Stevens,  William Gaunt
    Conductor:  Martin Baker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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    Passion & Resurrection / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807555 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Cornysh,  Orlando Gibbons,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
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    Navidad: Christmas Music From Latin America And Spain
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81435 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Garcia de Zespedes,  Traditional,  Diego Ortiz,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Dawn Bailey,  Dominic Teresi,  Vicki St. [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Pierre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Consort
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    La Voix de l'Emotion / Montserrat Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9889 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Unknown,  Traditional,  Luis de Milan,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
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    Adios Mi Amor - Duets For Vihuelas / Delitiae Musicae
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94302 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Josquin Des Préz,  Nicolas Gombert,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Jesús Sánchez,  Manuel Minguillón Nieto
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    Carols By Candlelight / Ives, Magdalen College Choir
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2927495 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd,  Charles Wood  ... 
    Conductor:  Bill Ives
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
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    The Kings Of Tharsis
    Label: Discantus   Catalog: 61739 Release Date: 10/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Sheppard,  Anonymous,  Orlando de Lassus,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
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    Music For Mary, Vol. 2 / Noon, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Anton Bruckner,  William Byrd,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Noon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir
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    Torres Del Alma - Highlights Of Spanish Consort Music / Bassano Quartet
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 08/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mateo Flecha,  Juan del Encina,  Juan de Anchieta,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bassano Quartet
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    Sancte Deus: Renaissance Sacred Polyphony
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675412 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando de Lassus,  Vincenzo Ugolini,  Francisco Guerrero  ... 
    Performer:  Ryan Wigglesworth
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    Music Of Marian Devotion From Spain's Century Of Gold
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34086 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Navarro,  Francisco Guerrero,  Alonso Lobo,  Juan Esquivel  ... 
    Performer:  Rory McCleery
    Conductor:  Rory McCleery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marian Consort
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    Gery De Ghersem: Ave Virgo Sanctissima
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24235 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gery De Ghersem,  Francisco Guerrero,  Anonymous,  Pieter Cornet  ... 
    Conductor:  Erik Van Nevel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Currende Vocal Ensemble
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    Plum Pudding / Felicity Lott, Gabriel Woolf,  Joyful Company Of Singers
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  William Byrd,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Peter Broadbent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers
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    Santiago A Cappella / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 710 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero,  Alonso Lobo,  of Portugal John IV  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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    Guerrero: Missa Congratulamini Mihi / The Cardinall's Musick
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67836 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Thomas Crecquillon
    Conductor:  Andrew Carwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Cardinall's Musick
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    Joan Baptista Comes: In Festo Corporis Christi
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2091 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Baptista Comes,  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victoria Musicae
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