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Ambrosio Coronado de Cotes
c.1550 - 1603
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A. Coronado de Cotes
Ambrosio Coronado de Cotes (c.1550-1603) was a Spanish renaissance composer. Ambrosio Cotes was born in Villena, Alicante in about 1550. He studied theology and musicology with the Theatines of Yecla in his native town, a Congregation of Clerks Regular of the Divine Providence. In 1573 Cotes was appointed maestro de capilla at the church of St. James Church in his hometown. In 1581 he was appointed maestro de capilla of the Capilla Real de Granada, The Chapel Royal in the succession of Rodrigo Ceballos (c.1525-1581). In 1596 Cotes was appointed maestre scuela music-director in Cathedral of Valencia, until 1600 when Cotes succeeded Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599) for an equivalent position at the Cathedral of Seville. His works were copied and carried to the New World. He died in Seville in 1603. His seven-part (SSAATBB) imposing lament-motet, an elegy on the death of Philip II, Mortuus est Philippus Rex could be considered as his master piece. But this motet doesn’t fit with the requirements of this website. Cotes wrote masses, motets, lamentations, a una lección de difuntos/ Officium defunctorum. Some of his works did survive and have been preserved in Valencia, Granada and in the New World.
Author:Wim Goossens
Officium defunctorum
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:Motet
Text/libretto:Latin Officium Defunctorum
In a source mentioned by Robert Stevenson in La musica en las catedralas Espagnoles del Siglo de Oro, in Groves Dictionary and in Wikipedia is found an indication of a Officium defunctorum set by Ambrosio Cotes. We have no further details but we mention these sources in which this Officium defunctorum is mentioned. In the first mentioned source we found: Una lección diffuntos by Ambrosio Cotes. This Officium defunctorum would be preserved in manuscripts in the New World.
Author:Wim Goossens