Matthew Lickona 12:30 p.m., March 4
I've just noticed there isn't much classical music I associate with Easter.
There are a few pieces for Good Friday. Both Haydn and the French composer Dubois composed pieces based on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
I wouldn't call either of those standard or well known repertoire.
There is a slew of pieces written on the text of "Adoramus te Christe". This is also Good Friday music as the text is from the Catholic Stations of the Cross.
Adoramus Te, Christe, et benedicimus Tibi, Quia per sanctam crucem Tuam redemisti mundum.
We adore Thee, O Christ, And we bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross that hast redeemed the world.
The best know of these is by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. We can just call him Palestrina.
Palestrina was born in either 1525 or 1526 in the town of...Palestrina, an ancient town near Rome that once was famous for an enormous temple to the goddess Fortune.
Most of his career was spent at St. Peter's in The Vatican. He was the first Italian to set the Latin Mass to music. Previously, it had been French and Spanish composers who wrote the music for the mass.
In the 1570's, Palestrina lost his wife, two sons, and a brother in three separate out breaks of plague.
He considered becoming a priest but married a wealthy widow which allowed him the freedom to compose freely until his death in 1594.
He wrote 105 masses, 68 offertories, 140 madrigals and some 300 odd motets.