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Felice Anerio
c.1560 - 1614
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F. Anerio
Felice Anerio (c.1560 - 28/09/1614), an eminent Italian composer; born and died in Rome; brother of Giovanni Anerio (c.1567 - 1630). From 1575 he was for four years a boy-soprano in the Papal Choir, studying under the celebrated master Nanini. His first appointment was as choirmaster of the English College in Rome, and his next a similar one under Cardinal Aldobrandini. In 1594 he succeeded Palestrina as composer to the Papal Choir, a post created specially for Palestrina, and which ceased with Anerio's death. Several of his compositions, e.g. an Adoramus Te, Christe and a Stabat Mater, for three choirs, passed for a long time as Palestrina's work. Anerio's compositions (which are very numerous) are characterized by originality and fine artistic feeling. Many were printed during the period 1585-1622. We may mention First Book of Hymns, Canticles and Motets for eight voices (Venice, 1596), dedicated to Pope Clement VIII, which was followed later by a second volume, Three Books of Spiritual Madrigals for Five Voices, Two Books of Spiritual Concerts for Four Voices. But a large proportion of them exist only in manuscript, and are preserved in various Roman libraries, especially in that of the Roman College.
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis (picture)
Missa pro Defunctis
Period:High Renaissance
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Missa pro Defunctis for four voices and organ.
Libera me, Domine in C major
Period:Late Renaissance
Musical form:motet
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Libera me, Domine in C major for 4 mixed voices (SATB).