The Italian Madrigals of Palestrina
October 10, 2010
The sacred music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is often held up as the greatest achievement of the 16th-century Roman School of composition. But his five books of Italian madrigals represent some of the earliest examples of this genre that would soon become one of the most popular forms of song in the Renaissance era. Acclaimed vocal ensemble Exsultemus opens its 2010-2011 season with some of these sublime works by Palestrina and his contemporaries.