Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

About Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (ca.1525-1594) was a Renaissance master whose pristine style has been esteemed for centuries. A practical composer, organist, and choir master, Palestrina found steady employment in Rome, most importantly in the service of Pope Julius III and benefited from his musical publications and other side businesses. Suiting the conservative tastes of the church during the Counter Reformation, Palestrina's music is diatonic in melody and harmony, and the clarity of his polyphony made it the model for Fux's study of counterpoint, Gradus ad Parnassum. Palestrina composed over 700 works, many of them masses, motets, and hymns.

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