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Antonio Lopez
16th/17th - century
Portugal
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A. Lopez
Antonio Lopez (flourished ca. 1600), a Portuguese renaissance composer who lived near Coimbra. Probable he was mestre de claustro Master of the Abbey at Coimbra Cathedral in 1604. It is unfortunately a common name in that region therefore it is very difficult to trace over this Antonio Lopez.
Author:Wim Goossens
Source:Owen Rees on Hyperion Records
Heu mihi Domine
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:Motet ŕ 4 vocibus
Text/libretto:Latin Officium Defunctorum
Duration:3'10''
Label(s):CDA 66735
This motet ŕ 4 vocibus is written to a Responsorium taken out of the Officium Defunctorum more specific Ad matinum, at Matins of the Dead and is written for four voices (SATB). This motet Heu mihi Domine is preserved in sources in manuscript MM 1 or MM 37 in the Biblioteca Geral da Universidade de Coimbra. This Heu mihi Domine starts with a modest polyphonic counterpoint and to underline the text Lopez - like De Cristo did- has chosen from the wording “ Quid faciam miser? & Miserere mei Deus” up to the end for expressive homophone chords. A surprising harmonious piece from Portuguese renaissance.
Author:Wim Goossens
The text of this motet:

Heu mihi Domine quia peccavi nimis, in vita mea:
quid faciam miser?
ubi fugiam nisi ad te Deus meus?
Miserere mei dum veneris in novissimo die.
Anima mea turbata est valde sed tu Domine succurre ei:
miserere mei dum veneris in novissimo die.

Translation:
Woe is me, Lord, for I have sinned greatly.
What shall become of me, wretch that I am;
where shall I flee, except to Thee, O Lord.
Have mercy on me when Thou shalt come on the last day.
My soul is greatly troubled but Thou, O Lord, sustainest me:
have mercy on me when Thou shalt come on the last day.
Contributor:Wim Goossens