Early Nights: The Palestrina Style
This season we are looking at the music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and his pupils. Known as the father of what would come to be called 'prima pratica', Palestrina inspired a generation of composers with his beautiful, orderly and purposefully uncontroversial word setting and melodic lines. His compositional style was considered so perfect it convinced the Council of Trent that a total ban of polyphony - which was argued to cloud the liturgical texts - was unnecessary. Palestrina continues to inspire composers even now, with his music being used alongside Bach's in compositional pedagogy.