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Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

1525 - February 2, 1594
born in Palestrina, Italy, composed during the Renaissance period
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. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Canticum Canticorum

Title: Canticis Canticorum (Motets Book IV)
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Track List: Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina: Hymn: Aeterna Christi Munera; Missa Aeterna Christi Munera; Missa L'homme Arme 4vv

Disc 1
Title: Missa L'homme Armé, For 5 Voices
Title: Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices
Disc 2
Title: Feria V In Coena Domini

1. Feria V In Coena Domini: Lectio I

2. Feria V In Coena Domini: Lectio II

3. Feria V In Coena Domini: Lectio III

Title: Feria VI In Parasceve
Title: Sabbato Sancto

7. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio I

8. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio II

9. Sabbato Sancto: Lectio III

Disc 3
Title: Missa Brevis, For 4 Voices
Title: Missa Laude Sion, For 4 Voices
Title: Super Flumina Babylonis, Motet For 4 Voices (From Motets Book II For 4 Voices)
Title: Sicut Cervus, Motet For 4 Voices (From Motets Book II For 4 Voices)
Disc 4
Title: Hymm: Aeterna Christi Munero
Title: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices
Title: Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices
Disc 5
Title: Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices
Title: Stabat Mater, Motet For 8 Voices
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Track List: Palestrina Vol. 1

Title: Salve Regina (Unspecified Of 5)

1. Salve Regina (Unspecified Of 5): Salve Regina

Title: Assumpta Es Maria, Motet For 6 Voices

2. Assumpta Es Maria, Motet For 6 Voices: Motet: Assumpta Est Maria In Caelum

Title: Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices

3. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Kyrie

4. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Gloria

5. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Credo

6. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Sanctus

7. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Benedictus

8. Missa Assumpta Est Maria, For 6 Voices: Agnus Dei I & II

Title: Ave Regina Coelorum, Motet For 8 Voices (From Motets Book III)

9. Ave Regina Coelorum, Motet For 8 Voices (From Motets Book III): Ave Regina Caelorum (Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina)

Title: Tota Pulchra Es, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum)

10. Tota Pulchra Es, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum): Tota Pulchra Es

Title: Vulnerasti Cor Meum, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum)

11. Vulnerasti Cor Meum, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum): Vulnerasti Cor Meum

Title: Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum)

12. Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book IV From Canticis Canticorum): Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas

Title: Diffusa Est Gratia, Offertory For 5 Voices (From Complete Offertories)

13. Diffusa Est Gratia, Offertory For 5 Voices (From Complete Offertories): Diffusa Est Gratia

Title: Assumpta Est, Offertory For 5 Voices (From Complete Offertories)

14. Assumpta Est, Offertory For 5 Voices (From Complete Offertories): Assumpta Est

Title: Ave Maria, Motet (Unspecified Of 5)

15. Ave Maria, Motet (Unspecified Of 5): Unspecified Ave Maria, Motet

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Track List: Palestrina Volume 6

Title: Motettorum - Liber Quintus

1. Motettorum - Liber Quintus: VI. Parce Mihi, Domine

Title: Motettorum - Liber Secundus

2. Motettorum - Liber Secundus: No. 16 Peccantem Me Quotidie

Title: Offertoria

3. Offertoria: No. 49 Si Ambulavero In Medio Tribulationis

Title: Tribulationes Civitatum, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book V)

4. Tribulationes Civitatum, Motet For 5 Voices (From Motets Book V): Tribulationes Civitatum Audivimus

Title: Super Flumina Babylonis, Motet For 4 Voices (From Motets Book II For 4 Voices)

5. Super Flumina Babylonis, Motet For 4 Voices (From Motets Book II For 4 Voices): Super Flumina Babylonis

Title: Song Of Songs

6. Song Of Songs: No. 16 Surge, Amica Mea, Speciosa Mea

7. Song Of Songs: No. 17. Dilectus Meus Mihi

8. Song Of Songs: No. 18 Surgam Et Circuibo Civitatem

Title: De Profundis Clamavi

9. De Profundis Clamavi: De Profundis Clamavi

Title: Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices

10. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Kyrie

11. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Gloria

12. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Credo

13. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Sanctus

14. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Benedictus

15. Missa L'homme Armé, For 4 Voices: Agnus Dei

Title: Tribularer Si Nescirem

16. Tribularer Si Nescirem: Tribularer Si Nescirem

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Track List: Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli, Missa Aeterna

Title: Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices

1. Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices: Kyrie

2. Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices: Gloria

3. Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices: Credo

4. Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices: Sanctus

5. Missa Papae Marcelli, For 6 Voices: Agnus Dei I

Title: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices

6. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices: Kyrie

7. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices: Gloria

8. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices: Credo

9. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices: Sanctus

10. Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, For 4 Voices: Agnus Dei

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Track List: Palestrina: Missa de Beata Virgine 1 (1567)

Title: Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices

1. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Gaudeamus (Plainchant)

2. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Kyrie

3. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Gloria

4. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Benedicata (Plainchant)

5. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Ave Maris Stella

6. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Alleluia

7. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Credo

8. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Beata Es Virgo Maria (Plainchant)

9. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Sanctus

10. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Beata Viscera (Plainchant)

11. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Agnus Dei I

12. Missa De Beata Virgine I, For 4 Voices: Agnus Dei II

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Any pal a Strina's is a pal mine
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I heard the song from church it make
me i'm up with heven
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I really enjoy this period
of time in music.
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I LOVE this music. Makes me feel like I'm in heaven.
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Like Palestrina!
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I wish there was a radio station that played this type of beautiful music.
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"Master" is an apt description. He was indeed the master of Renaissance polyphony. And absolutely Renaissance. I custom-chose composers for my Renaissance station...di d n ' t try using a default setting...so that might help. If you like this, I also suggest Claudio Monteverdi and Tomas Luis da Victoria, for starters.
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The story about the Pope banning all liturgical music is apocryphal. Nevertheless , it is a stunning piece of polyphony.
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It's coming back into style!
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The legend is that Pope Marcellus had banned all liturgical music because its performance was becoming too theatrical. People were coming to Mass to be entertained, not for spiritual nourishment. But after hearing the Mass that Palestrina had specially composed, the Pope lifted his ban.
Indeed, the Missa Pape Marcelli (Mass for Pope Marcellus) is one of the most gorgeous piece of choral music--Renai s s a n c e or otherwise--t h a t exists. Thanks, Giovanni!
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Ren' crowd is pretty TOUGH!!

...all that jousting I guess.

Robert
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maybe Genomes didn't exist back then?

Robert
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Despite the reasons Pandora gives for picking this piece for me, Palestrina is NOT a Baroque composer, he is a Renaissance composer. That's fine, because I love Renaissance music, but the website doesn't seem to have a name for any era earlier than 1600.
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give me a biography, not a spin on a spin of a biography.
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Gorgeous polyphony.
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kerzcom
Somewhere in a beautiful chapel in Rome they sang this devotion to God more than 450 years ago. And this is from a guy who lost his first family to the plague.
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More than some other composers of the period, it is possible to sense the real devotion behind Palestrina's work. He was not only a brilliant technician, but in every sacred piece, the music serves the text, the way a setting does a jewel.
M. Reed
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........thin k maybe grow a beard cuz of this guy......... .

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