· Senior Moderator
Gregorio Allegri was a chorister at the Papal Chapel in 1591 until 1596, when his voice broke. He subsequently became a tenor at S. Luigi del Francesca for the next 8 years, and studied with Giovanni Maria Nanino from 1600 until 1607. In 1604, he was a Singer and Composer at Tivoli and Fermi, and then became Maestro di Cappella at S. Spirito, in Sassia, Rome in 1628. 6th December 1629 saw his appointment as a singer in the Papal Choir, until his death on 17th February 1652, aged 70.
It was for the Papal choir that Allegri wrote the famous Miserere, a psalm setting mainly in simple fauxbordon for two antiphonal choirs transformed by exceptionally high ornamented passages (which may in fact not have been by Allegri). Allegri also wrote fine polyphonic Masses in the idiom of Palestrina without continuo, and small-scale concertato motets in the modern manner for churches with limited resources.