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Uploaded on Jan 3, 2010
Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli composed by Palestrina. Performed by The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers. It's one of the best known musical compositions of the entire renaissance, there are many legends surrounding this glorious work, some say that people at that time insisted that plain song alone could be sung in church when Palestrina stepped forward and apparently saved the future of sacred music by writing this mass. It takes its name from the dedication to the memory of pope Marcelli II. Whatever the truth behind the story is, Palestrina proved with this work that polyphony could be a valued expression of god's work. It was published in 1567.