Giovanni da Palestrina

Birth / Death Dates
ca. 1526 – 1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman school of musical composition. He is known today for his Missa Papae Marcelli and the motet Sicut cervus desiderat. He had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work has often been seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony.