Michael Noone is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Boston College. He has held appointments at the UNE, the ANU, Cornell, and the University of Hong Kong. He holds degrees from the University of Sydney and King’s College, Cambridge. Noone has published widely on Spanish Renaissance music and has recorded 25 CDs for the Glossa, ABC Classics, and DGG labels. In 2006, he was honored for services to Spanish culture by H. M. Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.
In 2012, a set of 10 CDs directed by Michael Noone for DGG-Archive was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Award in the Early Music category. This ambitious project brought together 42 musicians from more than five countries in recordings of more than 90 works by the great Spanish polyphonist Tomás Luis de Victoria (d. 1611). With the support of a technical team that comprised four recording producers and engineers, we spent more than 70 days recording more than 12 hours of music in acoustically superb environments throughout Spain and the UK.
Our selection of the works to be recorded was guided by the following criteria: a) works composed by Victoria during the quarter century that he lived in Madrid, b) versions of works by Victoria preserved only in manuscripts, c) versions of Victoria’s works that had never previously been recorded, and d) works that involve the organ, wind instruments, and alternatim plainsong. Of the versions of works that have never previously been recorded, perhaps the most interesting are the ten works (3 masses, 6 magnificats, 1 salve) preserved in a manuscript belonging to Toledo Cathedral (E-Tc 30).
Now that the dust has settled, Noone offers a series of reflections on a project that brings together the full array of environments that face anyone concerned with keeping alive the music of the past in the 21st century.