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Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da (1525/6-1594)  

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

born: 1525/6
died: 2 February 1594
country: Italy

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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is thought to have been born in 1525 in the town of that name in the Sabine hills near Rome, and he died in Rome on 2 February 1594. His first musical training seems to have been in Rome at S Maria Maggiore, where he was listed as a choirboy in October 1537. In October 1544 he was appointed organist at the Cathedral of S Agapito in Palestrina, where he remained until his appointment in 1551 as Maestro of the Cappella Giulia at St Peter’s in Rome. In 1554 Palestrina published his first book of masses, dedicated to Pope Julius III. In January 1555 he was admitted to the Cappella Sistina, the Pope’s official chapel, on the orders of the Pope, without examination and despite being married. Three months later Julius III died and was succeeded by Marcellus II, who in turn died within about three weeks. The next Pope, Paul IV, insisted on full compliance with the chapel’s rule on the celibacy of its members and Palestrina, who had married in 1547 during his stay at Palestrina, and two others were dismissed from the choir in September 1555. In the following month Palestrina was appointed Maestro di cappella at St John Lateran where he stayed until he left in 1560 following a dispute with the chapter over the financing of the musicians. His next known employment was again at S Maria Maggiore in 1564, where he passed the next five years combining this post with work for Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este. The latter work he continued on a more or less full-time basis until 1571, during which time he also taught music at the Seminario Romano. In April 1571 he took up his last appointment, returning to the post of Maestro of the Cappella Giulia, where he remained until his death.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Albums
'Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis – The Song of Songs' (CDH55095)
Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis – The Song of Songs
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'Palestrina: Lamentations' (CDA67610)
Palestrina: Lamentations
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'Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets' (CDA67978)
Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets
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'Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi munera & other sacred music' (CDH55368)
Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi munera & other sacred music
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'Palestrina: Missa De beata virgine & Missa Ave Maria' (CDH55420)
Palestrina: Missa De beata virgine & Missa Ave Maria
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'Palestrina: Missa Dum complerentur & other music for Whitsuntide' (CDH55449)
Palestrina: Missa Dum complerentur & other music for Whitsuntide
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'Palestrina: Missa Ecce ego Johannes & other sacred music' (CDH55407)
Palestrina: Missa Ecce ego Johannes & other sacred music
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'Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei' (CDH55335)
Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei
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'Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli & Missa brevis' (CDA66266)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli & Missa brevis
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'Palestrina: Missa Tu es Petrus & Missa Te Deum laudamus' (CDA67785)
Palestrina: Missa Tu es Petrus & Missa Te Deum laudamus
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'Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas
CDA67396  To be superseded by CDH55367  
'Advent at St Paul's' (CDH55463)
Advent at St Paul's
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'Allegri: Miserere & the music of Rome' (CDA67860)
Allegri: Miserere & the music of Rome
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'Exultate Deo' (CDA66850)
Exultate Deo
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'Holy Week at the Chapel of the Dukes of Braganza' (CDA66867)
Holy Week at the Chapel of the Dukes of Braganza
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'Miserere' (CDA67938)
Miserere
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'Monteverdi: Vespers for the Feast of Santa Barbara' (CDA66311/2)
Monteverdi: Vespers for the Feast of Santa Barbara
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'The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67770)
The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey
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'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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'Victoria: Missa De Beata Maria Virgine & Missa Surge propera' (CDA67891)
Victoria: Missa De Beata Maria Virgine & Missa Surge propera
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On other labels
'Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis' (CKD174)
Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis
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'Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es' (GIMSE402)
Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es
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'Palestrina: Missa brevis' (CDGIM008)
Palestrina: Missa brevis
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'Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum' (CDGIM003)
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum
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'Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere' (CDGIM041)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere
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'Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere' (GIMBD641)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere
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'Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (CDGIM339)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
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'Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (GIMSE401)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
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'Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina' (CDGIM204)
Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina
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'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli' (CDGIM041)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
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'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli' (GIMBD641)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
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'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (GIMSE401)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
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'Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis' (CDGIM339)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
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'Lamenta' (CDGIM996)
Lamenta
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'Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli' (CDGIM339)
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
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'Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli' (GIMSE401)
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
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'Renaissance Giants' (CDGIM207)
Renaissance Giants
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'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
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'Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua' (CKD348)
Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2' (GIMBX302)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2
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'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 3' (GIMBX303)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 3
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'The Essential Tallis Scholars' (CDGIM201)
The Essential Tallis Scholars
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'The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe' (CKD052)
The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe
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'The Tallis Scholars Live in Rome' (CDGIM994)
The Tallis Scholars Live in Rome
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ad coenam Agni providi (Palestrina)
Adiuro vos, filiae Hierusalem  No 19 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Agnus Dei (Mancini)  Movement 5 of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Mancini)
Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem meam  Lectio III of Lamentations for Good Friday 'In Parasceve' (Palestrina)
Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum  Lectio II of Lamentations for Holy Saturday 'Sabbato Sancto' (Palestrina)
Alleluia. Tulerunt Dominum (Palestrina)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8 I (Palestrina)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8 II (Palestrina)
Angelus Domini II a 5 (Palestrina)
Ascendit Deus  Part 2 of Viri Galilaei (Palestrina)
Assumpta est Maria (Palestrina)
Benedicite gentes (Palestrina)
Canite tuba (Palestrina)
Cantantibus organis (Palestrina)
Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Caput eius aurum optimum  No 20 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Christe eleison (Soriano)  Movement 1b of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Soriano)
Christe redemptor omnium (Palestrina)
Credo (Stabile)  Movement 3a of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Stabile)
Crucifixus (Stabile)  Movement 3b of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Stabile)
De Lamentatione Ieremiae prophetae  Lectio I of Lamentations for Good Friday 'In Parasceve' (Palestrina)
De Lamentatione Ieremiae prophetae  Lectio I of Lamentations for Holy Saturday 'Sabbato Sancto' (Palestrina)
Descendi in hortum meum  No 24 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Deus tu conversus (Palestrina)
Deus, Deus meus (Palestrina)
Dilectus meus descendit  No 21 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Dilectus meus mihi  No 17 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Anonymous)  Movement 2b of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Anon)
Domine in virtute tua (Palestrina)
Dum complerentur (Palestrina)
Duo ubera tua  No 26 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Ecce tu pulcher es  No 8 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Et ascendit in caelum (Soriano)  Movement 3c of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Soriano)
Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Giovannelli)  Movement 3d of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Giovannelli)
Exultate Deo (Palestrina)
Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus  No 7 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Fratres ego enim accepi (Palestrina)
Gaude Barbara beata (Palestrina)
Gloria (Palestrina)  Movement 2a of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina)
Guttur tuum sicut vinum optimum  No 28 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Haec dies a 6 (Palestrina)
Hodie Christus natus est (Palestrina)
I look from afar  First line to Mattins Responsory (Palestrina/Willcocks)
Incipit Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae  Lectio I of Lamentations for Maundy Thursday 'In Coena Domini' (Palestrina)
Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae  Lectio III of Lamentations for Holy Saturday 'Sabbato Sancto' (Palestrina)
Introduxit me rex in cellam  No 12 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Iod. Manum suam misit hostis  Lectio III of Lamentations for Maundy Thursday 'In Coena Domini' (Palestrina)
Judah and Jerusalem, fear not  First line to Vesper Responsory (Palestrina/Dearnley)
Kyrie eleison (Dragoni)  Movement 1c of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Dragoni)
Kyrie eleison (Stabile)  Movement 1a of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Stabile)
Laeva eius sub capite meo  No 13 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt  Lectio II of Lamentations for Good Friday 'In Parasceve' (Palestrina)
Lamentations for Good Friday 'In Parasceve' (Palestrina)
Lamentations for Holy Saturday 'Sabbato Sancto' (Palestrina)
Lamentations for Maundy Thursday 'In Coena Domini' (Palestrina)
Lauda anima mea (Palestrina)
Laudate pueri a 8 (Palestrina)
Magnificat primi toni (Palestrina)
Magnificat primi toni a 8 (Palestrina)
Magnificat quarti toni a 4 [odd] (Palestrina)
Magnificat sexti toni (Palestrina)
Mattins Responsory (Palestrina/Willcocks)
Missa Ad coenam Agni (Palestrina)
Missa Aeterna Christi munera (Palestrina)
Missa Assumpta est Maria (Palestrina)
Missa Ave Maria (Palestrina)
Missa Benedicta es (Palestrina)
Missa brevis (Palestrina)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Anon)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Dragoni)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Giovannelli)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Mancini)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Santini)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Soriano)
Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Stabile)
Missa De beata virgine (Palestrina)
Missa Dum complerentur (Palestrina)
Missa Ecce ego Johannes (Palestrina)
Missa Emendemus in melius (Palestrina)
Missa Hodie Christus natus est (Palestrina)
Missa Nasce la gioja mia (Palestrina)
Missa Nigra sum (Palestrina)
Missa O rex gloriae (Palestrina)
Missa Papae Marcelli (Palestrina)
Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas (Palestrina)
Missa Te Deum laudamus (Palestrina)
Missa Tu es Petrus (Palestrina)
Missa Viri Galilaei (Palestrina)
Nigra sum sed formosa  No 3 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Nunc dimittis (Palestrina)
O admirabile commercium (Palestrina)
O magnum mysterium (Palestrina)
O rex gloriae (Palestrina)
Osculetur me osculo oris sui  No 1 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Peccantem me quotidie (Palestrina)
Pulchra es amica mea  No 22 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Pulchrae sunt genae tuae  No 6 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Quae est ista quae progreditur  No 23 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Quam pulchra es, et quam decora  No 27 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui  No 25 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Dragoni)  Movement 2c of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Dragoni)
Regina caeli I a 8 (Palestrina)
Sanctus (Santini)  Movement 4 of Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Santini)
Si ignoras te, o pulchra  No 5 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Sicut cervus desiderat (Palestrina)
Sicut lilium inter spinas  No 11 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Sicut lilium inter spinas I (Palestrina)
Spiritus Sanctus replevit totam domum (Palestrina)
Stabat mater (Palestrina)
Super flumina Babylonis (Palestrina)
Surgam et circuibo civitatem  No 18 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea  No 16 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Surge, illuminare (Palestrina)
Surge, propera amica mea, et veni (Palestrina)
Surge, propera, amica mea  No 15 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Surrexit pastor bonus a 8 (Palestrina)
Terra tremuit (Palestrina)
Tota pulchra es, amica mea  No 9 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Trahe me post te  No 2 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Tribulationes civitatum (Palestrina)
Tu es Petrus a 6 (Palestrina)
Tu es Petrus a 7 (Palestrina)
Tui sunt caeli (Palestrina)
Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion  Lectio II of Lamentations for Maundy Thursday 'In Coena Domini' (Palestrina)
Veni Creator Spiritus (Palestrina)
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Palestrina)
Veni, dilecte mi  No 29 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Vesper Responsory (Palestrina/Dearnley)
Vidi turbam magnam (Palestrina)
Vineam meam non custodivi  No 4 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Viri Galilaei (Palestrina)
Vox dilecti mei  No 14 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
Vulnerasti cor meum  No 10 of Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs' (Palestrina)
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