GREGORIO ALLEGRI (1582 - 1652)
In a career largely centred on Rome, Allegri provided music for the papal choir, to which he was appointed as a singer in 1629.
Allegri’s most famous work is his setting of the Miserere for five-part choir with a second four-part choir of soloists. The work was kept secret, but the 14-year-old Mozart wrote it out from memory after he had heard it sung in Holy Week in the Sistine Chapel in 1770.
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