Palestrina, by Henry Coates

Palestrina, by Henry Coates

Palestrina, by Henry Coates

Palestrina, by Henry Coates

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For the biographical portion of this book I have relied principally upon the works of Mgr. Casimiri (Director of Music at the Lateran basilica) and Signor Cametti (Musical Director of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome), whose researches during the last twenty-five years have disclosed new and interesting facts concerning the composer.

It has not been possible, within the limits of this volume, to present anything like an exhaustive account of the vast mass of Palestrina's creative work, but I have attempted a general survey, with some description of works which seem most typical and outstanding examples of his musical style.

I have to thank those who assisted me in the preparation of this book: the Rev. G. H. Bishop, for kind help in various ways; Messrs J. & W. Chester Ltd. and Messrs. B. Feldman & Co. (representing the Breitkopf & Härtel edition), who were good enough to put scores at my disposal and to allow me to quote therefrom; and the Italian State Tourist Department, to whom I am indebted for some of the illustrations.

H. C.

LONDON,
February 1938.

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