Forebears Of Palestrina, The

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EMS20100117Catherine Bott presents a programme of music by Palestrina and some of the composers who may have influenced his now familiar style.|The performances come from a concert given at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge by The BBC Singers, conducted by Peter Phillips.|What Peter Phillips wanted to achieve when he chose this repertoire was to show where Palestrina came from".|We know that he came from Palestrina - a small hill-town not far from Rome - but this concert was designed to find out how he developed his compositional style - who his major influences were, and which other composers he may have known.|Composers such as Carpentras, Firmin Lebel, Josquin Desprez and Costanzo Festa all had a degree of influence on the great Vatican composer - and each has at least one work in the programme.|The programme also features pieces by Palestrina himself, including the 6-part Pentecostal motet "Dum complerentur" and his 5-part setting of the "Lamentations of Jeremiah".|The BBC Singers perform music by Palestrina and his forebears from 16th-century Italy."