History of Classical Music

Giovanni Pierluigi di Palestrina

Renaissance Period
Ludwig van Beethoven Giovanni Pierluigi di Palestrina was the greatest and best known composer for the Roman Catholic Church. He thought about becoming a priest, but instead married a rich widow, and ran her fur business while he continued to run a triumphant career as the leading composer of Catholic church music.

Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass was written for the purification of Catholic church music. It is written for six voices, but the text is still well understood , which pleased church officials greatly (see Reformation).

Sample Works:

MIDI Example Adoramus te Christe

Music by Palestrina


Adoramus te Christe, MIDI sequence by Marty Weimer
    from Classical MIDI Connection

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