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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  • 51.
    Seasons Of Angels / The Rose Ensemble
    Label: Rose Ensemble   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 12/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero,  Johann Joseph Fux,  Hildegard of Bingen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
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  • 52.
    Feliz Navidad: Mediterranean Christmas Music From The Renaissance
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20811 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Francisco Guerrero,  Sebastian Festa  ... 
    Performer:  Capella de la Torre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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  • 53.
    Guerrero: Missa Sancta Et Immaculata, Motets, Etc / Westminster Cathedral Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55313 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero
    Conductor:  James O'Donnell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
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  • 54.
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20804 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartholomäus Hess,  Paul Kugelmann,  Francesco Corteccia,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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  • 55.
    Francisco Guerrero: Missa Super Flumina Babylonis
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922005 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero
    Conductor:  Jeremy West,  Michael Noone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
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  • 56.
    Deck the Hall - Songs for Christmas / King's Singers
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64133 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mateo Flecha,  William Byrd,  Traditional,  Peter Sculthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Kay,  Simon Carrington,  Anthony Holt,  Alastair Thompson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 57.
    Spanish And Mexican Renaissance Vocal Music / Hillard Ensemble
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54341 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Pedro de Escobar,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Alonso Lobo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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  • 58.
    P. De Manchicourt, C. De Morales, Etc / Nordic Voices
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5050 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Pierre De Manchicourt,  Cristóbal de Morales,  Nicolas Gombert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nordic Voices
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  • 59.
    Lighten Our Darkness / Rutter, The Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Anonymous,  John Sheppard,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  John Harte,  Simon Wall
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
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  • 60.
    Masters of the Renaissance / Gloriae dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 3361 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Peter Philips,  Thomas Morley,  William Byrd  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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  • 61.
    Philip & Mary / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16037 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Pierre De Manchicourt,  John Sheppard,  Thomas Tallis
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 62.
    Guerrero: Missa Surge Propera / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 63.
    The Rose, The Lily & The Whortleberry / Orlando Consort
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907398 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut,  Anonymous,  Trebor,  Walter Frye  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
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  • 64.
    Guerrero: Missa Surge Propera / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 65.
    Prism / Patterson, Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Paraclete Recordings   Catalog: 3366 Release Date: 02/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Leo Sowerby,  Aaron Copland,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  James Jordan,  Chris Helfrich,  Kathy Schuman,  David Chalmers  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Archangelus Brass Ensemble
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  • 66.
    Música En El Quijote - Milán, Etc / Moreno, Orphénica Lyra
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920207 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Diego Pisador,  Diego Ortiz,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  Fahmi Alqhai,  Eligio Quinteiro,  Fernando Paz,  José Miguel Moreno  ... 
    Conductor:  José Miguel Moreno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orphénica Lyra
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  • 67.
    Voices Of Tranquillity / Magdala
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1120 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francois Dulot,  Orlando de Lassus,  Sarum Chant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdala
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  • 68.
    Come Holy Spirit / Queen's College Choir Oxford
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7276 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Duarte Lôbo,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Thomas Tallis,  Jonathan Harvey  ... 
    Performer:  Abraham van Linge,  George Parsons,  James Gilchrist,  Tim Gabbitas  ... 
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  • 69.
    Holiday Light / Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Western Wind   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jay Livingston,  Traditional,  Elliot Z. Levine,  Robert MacGimsey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
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  • 70.
    Ave Maria - Josquin/ Bernard Fabre-garrus, A Sei Voci, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8892 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Paolo Bencini,  Charles d' Helfer,  Josquin Des Préz,  Bartolomé de Escobedo  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Fabre-Garrus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble a Sei Voci,  Les Sacqueboutiers du Toulouse,  Psallette de Lorraine  ... 
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  • 71.
    Entremeses Del Siglo De Oro / Figueras, Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9831 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Juan Blas de Castro,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Jordi Savall,  Montserrat Figueras,  Sergi Casademunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 72.
    Morales: Mass For The Feast Of St Isidore Of Seville
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474228 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Cristóbal de Morales,  F Thomas de Santa Maria  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  William Lyons,  Simon Grant,  Charles Pott  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Players,  Gabrieli Consort
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  • 73.
    Hail! Queen Of Heaven / Rutter, The Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 508 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  William Byrd,  Anonymous,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Ashton,  Andrew Gant
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
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  • 74.
    The Flowering Of Genius / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16001 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  William Byrd,  Philippe de Monte,  John Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 75.
    Navidad Ibérica / Stephen Smith, Corund Ensemble
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93249 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Mateo Flecha,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Juan Esquivel Barahona  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corund Ensemble
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