Versa est in luctum – Alonso Lobo
Written by Spanish composer Alonso Lobo in the late Renaissance era for the funeral of Philip II, in 1598. The Canadian poet Donato Mancini best described the piece:
Out of the slow river of beautiful notes, stunning phrases sometimes emerge, or bold homophonic internal gestures divert the forward motion somewhat. The full choir is present almost throughout, and Lobo creates, with his wall of gorgeous sound, an appropriately majestic work of mourning.