Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Renaissance Composer by Andy Anderson


  • Born December 27, 1525 in Palestrina, Italy.
  • Composed music.
  • Started as a choir singer at the age of 7.
  • Probably trained with one of the Franco-Flemings in Rome.
  • Spent most of his life composing at Julian Chapel of St. Peter's in Rome.
  • Was invited to the Duke of Mantua's court. This Duke became his patron ("Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina").
  • Worked hard for what he strived for which was to succeed as a famous composer.
  • His most famous work of art was the Missa Papae Marcelli.
  • Died February 2, 1594 in Rome, Italy

Missa Papae Marcelli

  • Listen to this piece of music here:
  • Created in 1567
  • This piece was so significant because it saved church music from being banned by the Council of Trent and was his most famous piece.
  • I find this piece so interesting because, without this piece church would not have music in it anymore and there would be no more church choir.
  • This piece, as well as the artest to, exemplifies a Renaissance humanism because it inflicts music which was on of the important traits on being a gentlemen, thus showing humanism. Also he believed and study what he liked and followed what he believed in Giovanni used his passion and talent to save music in the church. This as well showed humanism.

What are some more things he created?