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

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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

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
CKD174Download only
Palestrina: Canticum Canticorum Salomonis – The Song of Songs
CDH55095Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Lamentations
CDA67610
Palestrina: Missa Ad coenam Agni & Eastertide motets
Studio Master: CDA67978Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi munera & other sacred music
CDH55368Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es
GIMSE402Gimell (budget price)
Palestrina: Missa brevis
CDGIM008
Palestrina: Missa De beata virgine & Missa Ave Maria
CDH55420Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Missa Dum complerentur & other music for Whitsuntide
CDH55449Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Missa Ecce ego Johannes & other sacred music
CDH55407Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
Palestrina: Missa Nigra sum
CDGIM003Download only
Palestrina: Missa O rex gloriae & Missa Viri Galilaei
CDH55335Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli & Missa brevis
CDA66266
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere
Studio Master: CDGIM041Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere
GIMBD641Gimell Blu-RayThis album is not available for download
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Allegri: Miserere; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
CDGIM339
Palestrina: Missa Tu es Petrus & Missa Te Deum laudamus
CDA67785
Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina
CDGIM2042CDs for the price of 1
Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201411Download-only monthly sampler NEW
A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Allegri: Miserere & the music of Rome
Studio Master: CDA67860Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Studio Master: CDGIM041Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
GIMBD641Gimell Blu-RayThis album is not available for download
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli; Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis
CDGIM339
Exultate Deo
CDA66850
Holy Week at the Chapel of the Dukes of Braganza
CDA66867Archive Service
Lamenta
CDGIM996
Miserere
Studio Master: CDA67938Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Monteverdi: Vespers for the Feast of Santa Barbara
CDA66311/22CDs Archive Service
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
CDGIM339
Mundy: Vox Patris caelestis; Allegri: Miserere; Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
GIMSE401Gimell (budget price)
Renaissance Giants
CDGIM2072CDs for the price of 1
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1
Rogier: Missa Domine Dominus noster & Missa Domine in virtute tua
Studio Master: CKD348Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
GIMBX301Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2
GIMBX3024CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 3
Studio Master: GIMBX3034CDs Boxed set (at a special price)Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1
The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey
CDA67770
The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe
CKD052Download only
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
This album is not yet available for downloadWCC100Super-budget price sampler
The Tallis Scholars Live in Rome
CDGIM994
Victoria: Missa De Beata Maria Virgine & Missa Surge propera
CDA67891

Complete works available for download

Ad coenam Agni providiThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Alleluia. Tulerunt DominumThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8 IWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8 IIThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8 IIThe Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
Angelus Domini II a 5The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Assumpta est MariaThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Benedicite gentesThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Canite tubaWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Cantantibus organisThe Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Cantantibus organisWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs'Magnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Canticum Canticorum Salomonis 'The Song of Songs'Pro Cantione Antiqua, Bruno Turner (conductor)
Christe redemptor omniumWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Deus tu conversusWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Deus, Deus meusThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Domine in virtute tuaMagnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Dum complerenturWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Exultate DeoWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Fratres ego enim accepiA Capella Portuguesa, Owen Rees (conductor)
Gaude Barbara beataThe Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Haec dies a 6The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Hodie Christus natus estWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Lauda anima meaThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Laudate pueri a 8Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat primi toniWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Magnificat primi toni a 8The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Magnificat primi toni a 8Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat quarti toni a 4 [odd]Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Magnificat sexti toniWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Mattins ResponsorySt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Missa Ad coenam AgniThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Missa Aeterna Christi muneraWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Assumpta est MariaThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Ave MariaWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Benedicta esThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa brevisWestminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Missa brevisThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Cantantibus organisThe Cardinall's Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)
Missa De beata virgineWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Dum complerenturWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Missa Ecce ego JohannesWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Hodie Christus natus estWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Missa Nasce la gioja miaThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Nigra sumThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa O rex gloriaeWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Missa Papae MarcelliWestminster Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Missa Papae MarcelliThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Papae MarcelliThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Papae MarcelliThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Papae MarcelliThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Sicut lilium inter spinasThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Missa Te Deum laudamusWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Missa Tu es PetrusWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Missa Viri GalilaeiWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Nunc dimittisThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
O admirabile commerciumWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
O magnum mysteriumWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
O rex gloriaeWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Peccantem me quotidieWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Regina caeli I a 8The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Sicut cervus desideratWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Sicut cervus desideratWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Sicut lilium inter spinas IThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Spiritus Sanctus replevit totam domumWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Stabat materThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Stabat materThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Stabat materMagnificat, Philip Cave (conductor)
Super flumina BabylonisWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Surge, illuminareThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Surge, propera amica mea, et veniWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Surrexit pastor bonus a 8The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Terra tremuitThe Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Tribulationes civitatumWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Tu es Petrus a 6The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Tu es Petrus a 6Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Tu es Petrus a 7Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Tui sunt caeliWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Veni Creator SpiritusWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Veni Sancte SpiritusWestminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
Vesper ResponsorySt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Vidi turbam magnamWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Viri GalilaeiWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Ad coenam Agni providi (Palestrina)
Adiuro vos, filiae Hierusalem  
Agnus Dei (Mancini)  
Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem meam  
Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum  
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  
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  
Christe eleison (Soriano)  
Christe redemptor omnium (Palestrina)
Credo (Stabile)  
Crucifixus (Stabile)  
De Lamentatione Ieremiae prophetae  
De Lamentatione Ieremiae prophetae  
Descendi in hortum meum  
Deus tu conversus (Palestrina)
Deus, Deus meus (Palestrina)
Dilectus meus descendit  
Dilectus meus mihi  
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei (Anonymous)  
Domine in virtute tua (Palestrina)
Dum complerentur (Palestrina)
Duo ubera tua  
Ecce tu pulcher es  
Et ascendit in caelum (Soriano)  
Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Giovannelli)  
Exultate Deo (Palestrina)
Fasciculus myrrhae dilectus meus  
Fratres ego enim accepi (Palestrina)
Gaude Barbara beata (Palestrina)
Gloria (Palestrina)  
Guttur tuum sicut vinum optimum  
Haec dies a 6 (Palestrina)
Hodie Christus natus est (Palestrina)
I look from afar  
Incipit Lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae  
Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae  
Introduxit me rex in cellam  
Iod. Manum suam misit hostis  
Judah and Jerusalem, fear not  
Kyrie eleison (Dragoni)  
Kyrie eleison (Stabile)  
Laeva eius sub capite meo  
Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt  
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  
Nunc dimittis (Palestrina)
O admirabile commercium (Palestrina)
O magnum mysterium (Palestrina)
O rex gloriae (Palestrina)
Osculetur me osculo oris sui  
Peccantem me quotidie (Palestrina)
Pulchra es amica mea  
Pulchrae sunt genae tuae  
Quae est ista quae progreditur  
Quam pulchra es, et quam decora  
Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui  
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Dragoni)  
Regina caeli I a 8 (Palestrina)
Sanctus (Santini)  
Si ignoras te, o pulchra  
Sicut cervus desiderat (Palestrina)
Sicut lilium inter spinas  
Sicut lilium inter spinas I (Palestrina)
Spiritus Sanctus replevit totam domum (Palestrina)
Stabat mater (Palestrina)
Super flumina Babylonis (Palestrina)
Surgam et circuibo civitatem  
Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea  
Surge, illuminare (Palestrina)
Surge, propera amica mea, et veni (Palestrina)
Surge, propera, amica mea  
Surrexit pastor bonus a 8 (Palestrina)
Terra tremuit (Palestrina)
Tota pulchra es, amica mea  
Trahe me post te  
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  
Veni Creator Spiritus (Palestrina)
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Palestrina)
Veni, dilecte mi  
Vesper Responsory (Palestrina/Dearnley)
Vidi turbam magnam (Palestrina)
Vineam meam non custodivi  
Viri Galilaei (Palestrina)
Vox dilecti mei  
Vulnerasti cor meum  
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