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Sistine Chapel

Classical Academy | On This Day... | Choral Music


It was on 9 August in 1483 that the world's most famous chapel - the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome - opened with The Feast of the Assumption, a ceremony to consecrate the chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This outstanding monument to the achievement of man is covered in some of the finest paintings in the history of art. Amongst these, Michelangelo Buonarroti's fescoes bring thousands of tourists flocking to the chapel each year - the Creation of Adam, for example, is an image known across the world.



Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this recording of works by composers of the time: Gregorio Allegri, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Guillaume Bouzignac and Antonio Lotti. Listen out for one piece that boasts close ties to the Sistene Chapel: Gregorio Allegri's Miserere, the work famously transcribed by a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after hearing it just once.


And if you like what you heard, enjoy more choral masterpieces by Italian Renaissance composers Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Claudio Monteverdi, listen to Haydn's Creation in full, or experiment with something new - sonnets from Michelangelo and a modern madrigal for the artist.