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Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi Da (1525–1594)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1037

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Kurian, G. T. 2011. Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi Da (1525–1594). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Acknowledged as the greatest Catholic church musician of all time, Palestrina dominated the world of liturgical music in the time of the Counter-Reformation. Officially upheld as the model for all Catholic composers, his works make up the gold standard which his contemporaries and others have tried to follow.


  • palestrina, giovanni pierluigi da (1525–1594);
  • greatest catholic church musician of all time;
  • maestro di cappella of St. Peter's;
  • palestrina's music, genuinely religious