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  Church Music Composers
MONTEVERDI, Claudio (1567–1643). In his nine books of Madrigals, Monteverdi began a transition from the Renaissance style of music to the Baroque. He composed  operas of which the first, Orfeo , is regarded as the first serious opera ever written. His Vespers of  was his first sacred work and contained sections for soloists and some for choir. From  he directed the music at San Marco in Venice and in  he became a priest. Most of his church music comes from this later part of his life including the motet Beatus vir and several masses.
MORLEY, Thomas (c.1557–1602). His life events are a little uncertain. He was probably a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and served as organist there (-). Possibly a pupil of William Byrd, he may have served as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal from  and may have either sung or played at St Paul’s Cathedral c.. Best known as a madrigalist and composer of church music, he also wrote A plaine and easie introduction to practicall musicke. His evening services and the anthems Let my complaint, Out of the deep and Nolo mortem peccatoris are often sung. The last of these is interesting in that it combines Latin and English texts.
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756–1791). Austrian composer and one of the greatest composers of all time, beginning at the age of five and completing over  works before his death at the age of . Despite his fame he died in poverty. His symphonies, operas, chamber, church and instrumental music are all highly regarded and his motets Ave verum corpus and Laudate
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