Gregorio Allegri, 1582-1652

Gregorio Allegri is one of the greatest composers of all time. Unknown, but well worth checking out. His “Miserere” is a masterpiece which Mozart loved and drew his inspiration from.

On Baroque


Selected Recordings

Messe Vidi turbam magnam

Cantate Domino

De ore prudentis

Selected Sheet Music

Miserere Mei



Showcase Piece

À l’aube, Miserere

Notes and Commentary

Gregorio Allegri was an Italian composer of the Roman School and brother of Domenico Allegri, also a composer of note. As a benefice in the cathedral of Fermo, Allegri composed a large number of motets and other sacred music, which, being brought to the notice of Pope Urban VIII, obtained for him an appointment in the choir of the Sistine Chapel at Rome as a contralto. He held this from 1629 until his death.

Among Allegri’s musical compositions were two volumes of concerti for five voices published in 1618 and 1619; two volumes of motets for six voices published in 1621; an edition of a four-part sinfonia; five masses; two settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah; and numerous motets which were not published in…

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