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8.553313 - PALESTRINA: Missa de Beata Virgine

Born in Italy in the 16th century, Giovanni Palestrina, ranks with Lassus and Byrd as one of the most important figures in Early Music. Though conservative in style, he was one of the first composers to bring together the influences of Italian, French and Flemish music. His output was prolific, his sacred works containing 104 Masses, 375 Motets and 35 Magnificats. Publication took place soon after composition, and his influence quickly spread throughout Europe, creating an atmosphere of awe among his fellow musicians. Many eminent writers described him as the greatest composer of his time, a fact affirmed by the care that was taken to preserve his vast portfolio of music.

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