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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Palestrina

He was nicknamed Il Prenestino. He had a tremendous influence on the development of Roman Catholic church music.

He went to Rome at the age of fourteen to sixteen and is supposed to have studied under Claude Goudimel. In 1544-51 he was organist of the principal church of his native city (St. Agapito, Palestrina), and in the latter year became maestro di cappella at Cappella Giulia in Rome. By his first compositions -- three masses dedicated to Pope Julius III (previously the Bishop of Palestrina) -- he made so favorable an impression that he was appointed musical director of the Julian chapel. He held similar positions at various chapels and churches in Rome until his death (notably St. John Lateran (1555-60) and St. Maria Maggiore (1561-6)); and by his compositions, which are very numerous -- masses, motets, hymns, and others, of which only one-half have been published -- he produced a complete revolution in the history of church music, altering the existing chants in line with the recommendations of the Council of Trent. The Missa Papae Marcelli is generally counted among his greatest masterpieces.

Palestrina left hundreds of compositions, including 104 masses, 68 offertories, 250 motets, 45 hymns, psalms, 33 magnificats, litanies, 4 or 5 sets of lamentations etc., at least 140 madrigals and 9 organ ricercari. His Missa sine nomine seems to have been particularly attractive to Johann Sebastian Bach, who studied and performed it while he was writing his own masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor. His compositions are typified as very clear, with voice parts well-balanced and beautifully harmonized.

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Giovanni Palestrina : Stabat Mater : SSAATTBB : 01 Songbook : Giovanni Palestrina : 14031175

Giovanni Palestrina : Stabat Mater

Review: Motets for unaccompanied Double Chorus.

Songlist: Stabat Mater

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8769b | Songbook $9.95 | SSAATTBB add item to cart Arrangements for 8 Parts


Henry Washington : Missa Brevis : SATB : 01 Songbook : Giovanni Palestrina : 884088423230 : 0711928975 : 14024888

Henry Washington : Missa Brevis

Review: Giovanni Palestrina's Missa Brevis for four unaccompanied voices, has been edited and arranged for modern usage, by Henry Washington. This edition also contains a piano reduction for practice purposes.

Songlist: Missa Brevis

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Palestrina : Canticum Canticorum - 29 Motets for 5-part mixed choir : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : Giovanni Palestrina : 073999110944 : 50511094

Palestrina : Canticum Canticorum - 29 Motets for 5-part mixed choir

Review: Palestrina first published his 29 five-part motets, to words from King Soloman's Song of Songs, in 1583-1584 in Rome. These are most rewarding and challenging pieces for ensembles looking to add to their repertoire.

Songlist: Osculetur me, Trahe me, Nigra sum, sed formosa, Vineam meam non custodivi, Si ignoras te, Pulchrae sunt genae tuae, Fasciculus myrrhae, Ecce tu pulcer es, Tota pulchra es, Vulnerasti cor meum, Sicut lilium inter spinas, Introduxit me rex, Laeva eius, Vox dilecti mei, Surge, propera amica mea, Surge, amica mea, Dilectus meus mihi, et ego illi, Surgam et circuibo civitatem, Adiuro vos, Capet eius, Dilectus meus descendit, Puchra es, amica mea, Qua est ista, Descendi in hortum nucum, Quam pulchri sunt, Duo ubera tua, Quam pulchra es, Guttur tuum, Veni, veni dilecte mi

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Palestrina : Missa Papae Marcelli : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : Giovanni Palestrina : 841886012134 : 3795762812 : 49010403

Palestrina : Missa Papae Marcelli

Review: Missa Papae Marcelli, or Pope Marcellus Mass, is Palestrina's most well-known and most often-performed mass, and is frequently taught in university courses on music. The mass is freely composed, not based upon a cantus firmus or parody. It is a six-voice mass, though the use of the full forces is reserved for specific climactic portions in the text, and voice combinations are varied throughout the piece. It is set primarily in a homorhythmic, declamatory style, with little overlapping of text and a general preference for block chords such that the text, unlike many polyphonic masses of the 16th century, can clearly be heard in performance.

Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Gloria: Qui tollis, Credo, Credo: Crucifixus, Credo: Et in spiritum sanctum, Sanctus, Sanctus: Hosanna in excelsis, Sanctus: Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II

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Tallis Scholars : Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars Sing Palestrina : 00  2 CDs : Peter Philips : Giovanni Palestrina : 204

Tallis Scholars : Palestrina: The Tallis Scholars Sing Palestrina

Review: Palestrina is the composer The Tallis Scholars have sung and recorded most frequently and this two discs set contains some of the best, in their view, recordings from the very first record they made commercially (in 1980), to one of the most recent. In general they have concentrated on his Mass settings not least because they make such effective concert music. Palestrina had an unusual ability to write positive, outward-going, major-key music which, over the length of a Mass-setting, is a great strength: penitential writing tends to be more effective in shorter bursts. Three of the four settings in this collection rely on bright sonorities; the fourth - Sicut lilium - is more subdued and sensuous, as the words of the motet require. The Missa Assumpta est Maria, based on his own motet of that name which in turn is based on a short phrase of chant, is a classic example of sonorous Palestrina, its excitement achieved in large part by doubling the sopranos and tenors. The brighter sound this high-scored six-voice (SSATTB) choir produces is then emphasized in the style of the writing, which is more chordal than usual. The parody motet Assumpta est Maria shows the way in its opening bars: the three upper voices are grouped against the three lower ones in easily audible antiphony. This late-Renaissance method is then transferred to the Mass, most obviously in the Gloria and Credo but also in the first Kyrie, where greater elaboration was more customary. The sheer verve of this music has ensured that, along with Papae Marcelli, Assumpta est Maria has remained the most performed of all Palestrina's 107 Mass-settings. The second disc opens with a six-voice (SSATTB) set of Lamentations, originally the third lesson on the Saturday of Holy Week. The Missa Brevis (for four voices SATB), although relatively 'short' and straightforward in musical style, shows Palestrina's idiom at its most accessible.

Songlist: Assumpta est Maria in caelum, Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum, Sicut lilum iner spinas I, Missa Sicut inter spinas, Lamentations for Holy Saturday (Lesson 3, 6vv), Missa Brevis, Missa Papae Marcelli

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Gloriae Dei Cantores : Palestrina : 00  1 CD : Elizabeth Patterson : Giovanni Palestrina

Gloriae Dei Cantores : Palestrina

Review: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, hailed through the centuries as "prince and father of music," wrote music of unsurpassed grace and beauty. Issued at the 400th anniversary of the master's death, this album contains the only existing recording of his Missa Descendit Angelus Domini and the Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II, and six other motets.

Songlist: Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Kyrie , Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Gloria, Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Credo, Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Sanctus, Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Benedictus, Missa "Descendit Angelus Domini": Agnus Dei, Super Flumina Babylonis, Ad Te Levavi Oculos Meos, Meserere Nostri, Domine, Sicut Cervus, Sitivit Anima Mea, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Kyrie, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Gloria, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Credo, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Sanctus, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Benedictus, Missa Beatae Mariae Virginis II: Agnus Dei, Jubilate Deo

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Sixteen : Allegri Miserere : 00  1 CD : Harry Christophers : Giovanni Palestrina : 16014

Sixteen : Allegri Miserere

Review: The haunting tones of Allegri's Miserere are uniquely and instantly recognizable even to those who know little sacred music. It was only ever sung in the Sistine Chapel, where Allegri himself was a chorister. Palestrina had sung there before Allegri was born and his best-known work is Miss Papae Marcelli. Like his Stabat Mater it combines exquisite poise with a translucent setting of words. Chromaticism and blossoming cadences are employed to heart-rending effect in Lotti's eight-part Crucifixus in a unique blend of 16th and 18th century musical styles.

Songlist: Crucifixus, Stabat mater Dolorosa, Miserere Mei, Missa Papae Marcelli, - Kyrie, - Gloria, Credo, - Sanctus and Benedictus, - Agnus Dei I, - Agnus Dei II

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Tallis Scholars : Palestrina Masses - Missa Benedicta es : 00  1 CD : Peter Philips : Giovanni Palestrina : GIMSE 402

Tallis Scholars : Palestrina Masses - Missa Benedicta es

Review: The reputation of a composer of Palestrina's enormous output is necessarily based on a selection of his work. Since there have been no recordings, no offprints, no very accessible discussions of the Missa Benedicta es, it has been impossible for the work to become widely admired. It shows a side of Palestrina's writing which is not fully recognized: his indebtedness to Josquin. In addition, apart from its remarkable music, it has an important place in musical history. If ever it was thought necessary to prove that Palestrina early in his life gained much from coming under the influence of the great Franco-Flemish composers, this resplendent parody mass shows how important they were to him and how he could turn their idiom to his own ends. 25 years ago, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars made their debut with this recording. To celebrate this milestone, Gimell offers this limited-edition budget priced reissue.

Songlist: Plainchant: Benedicta es , Benedicta es, Missa Benedicta es, Kyrie , Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II, Missa Nasce la gioja mia, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II

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Voices of Ascension : Prince of Music - Palestrina : 00  1 CD : Dennis Keene : Giovanni Palestrina : 3210

Voices of Ascension : Prince of Music - Palestrina

Review: One of the finest (and most prolific) mixed choirs recording sacred music we have heard, NYC's exquisite Voices of Ascension turns their attention to Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, the most famous Italian composer of his day. Laid to rest in one of the side chapels of St. Peter's in Rome at his death in 1594, the plaque on his coffin is inscribed "Prince of Music." Included here are the 6-part "Missa Papae Marcelli" and the 7th part, "Agnus Dei II," 8 "Motets and Offertories," and bonus tracks "Alma Redemptoris Mater," "Sicut cervus" and its second part, "Sitivit anima mea." The music is all a cappella, and to listen to any random movement, such as "Credo," "Sanctus," "Tue es Petrus" or "Peccantem me quotidie" is to hear the songs of angels, some of the most beautiful a cappella music ever written!

Songlist: Missa Papae Marcelli ~ Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Angus Dei I, Secundum multitudinem, Tu es Petrus, Dum complerentur, O Domine Jesu Christe, Super flumina Babilonis, Canite tuba, Rorate coeli, Peccantem me quotidie, Agnus Dei II, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Sicut cervus, Sitivit anima mea

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