Monday, January 17, 2011 | Categories: |
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
In 1994, on the 400th anniversary of his death, CBC Radio paid tribute to Italian Renaissance composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
There was a weeklong celebration of his work, with special concerts and a two-part documentary about his life. That documentary went on to win a Gabriel Award in 1994, and for the next two weeks it'll be our feature on And the Winner Is...
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was born sometime between 1515 and 1525. He died in 1594 as the most important liturgical composer of all time.
Palestrina started out as a choirboy in his hometown, from which his took his name. He went on to be the choirmaster at St. Peter's Basilica, writing masses for the Pope and leaving hundreds of sacred compositions that are performed to this day.
His music is smooth, written from the soul, with some of the most exquisite choral compositions you'll ever hear.