Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1549 - 1611)
Victoria is one of the greatest Spanish composers of sacred vocal music.
After studying in Spain, he went to Rome in 1565, where he may have studied
with Palestrina. In any case, he active
most of his life at the Papal chapel in Rome, and eventually became the
successor to Palestrina. He subsequently published several sets of masses
and motets. Victoria is known for his exaltation of Spanish mysticism and
his deep religious beliefs, both of which contribute to the ecstatic quality
of his music.