Palestrina - princeps musicae (2009)

To achieve artistic and economic Independence, the most important European polyphonic composer, Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), modernizes music in the shadow of the powerful Roman Church.


Georg Brintrup


Georg Brintrup


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Credited cast:
Domenico Galasso Domenico Galasso ... Iginio
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Annibale
Claudio Marchione Claudio Marchione ... Cristoforo
Renato Scarpa ... Monsignor Cotta
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... Gioacchino
Franco Nero ... Domenico Ferrabosco
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti ... Filippo Neri
Giorgio Colangeli ... Leonardo Barré
Pasquale Di Filippo Pasquale Di Filippo ... Giovanni Severini (as Pasquale di Filippo)
Bartolomeo Giusti Bartolomeo Giusti ... Old palestrina
Daniele Giuliani Daniele Giuliani ... Young palestrina
Patrizia Bellezza Patrizia Bellezza ... Virginia Dormuli
Francesca Catenacci Francesca Catenacci ... Lucrezia Gori
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jobst Grapow Jobst Grapow ... Cardinale Vitelli


During the time when Protestant Northern Europe separates from the Catholic Church of Rome and when Rome is no longer the center of power, the young Giovanni Pietro Aloysi, later called Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, is trained as a choir-boy in the circle of the Roman School of polyphony founded by Costanzo Festa. Already in the middle of the 16th century, the talented musician - at only 25 - becomes the head of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peters. He is both artistically and economically dependent on the clergy and is subject to the grace and envy of the potent Popes. Since Pope Giulio III nominates him cantore ponteficio for life, the highest position in Rome for a musician at that time, Palestrina feels that he, at the age of thirty, is at the height of his career. However, the envy of the next Pope, Paul IV, and that of his singer-colleagues lead to him losing the title and he is dismissed. He is deeply shocked and realizes that the greedy Roman clergy is more interested in ... Written by Georg Brintrup

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Germany | Italy



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15 March 2010 (Germany) See more »

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L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy See more »


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EUR50,000 (estimated)
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