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Lorenzo Perosi

Monsignor Lorenzo Perosi (21 December 1872 – 12 October 1956) was an Italian composer of sacred music and the only member of the Giovane Scuola who did not write opera. In the late 1890s, while he was still only in his twenties, Perosi was an internationally celebrated composer of sacred music, especially large-scale oratorios. Nobel Prize winner Romain Rolland wrote, "It's not easy to give you an exact idea of how popular Lorenzo Perosi is in his native country." Perosi's fame was not restricted to Europe. A 19 March 1899 New York Times article entitled "The Genius of Don Perosi" began, "The great and ever-increasing success which has greeted the four new oratorios of Don Lorenzo Perosi has placed this young priest-composer on a pedestal of fame which can only be compared with that which has been accorded of late years to the idolized Pietro Mascagni by his fellow-countrymen." Gianandrea Gavazzeni made the same comparison: "The sudden clamors of applause, at the end of the [19th] century, were just like those a decade earlier for Mascagni." Perosi worked for five Popes, including Pope Pius X who greatly fostered his rise.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1872 (Tortona), Died October 12th, 1956 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: session supervisor, composer, choral director

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11265 10-in. 11/17/1911 The Passion of Christ Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-29504 10-in. 2/13/1924 O salutaris hostia Antonio Rella ; Sistine Chapel Choir Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor C-29511 12-in. 2/14/1924 Dies irae, part 2 Antonio Rella ; Sistine Chapel Choir Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor C-29514 12-in. 2/14/1924 Dies irae, part 1 Antonio Rella ; Sistine Chapel Choir Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Gramophone 277i 12-in. Apr. 1904 Filiae Jerusalem Lorenzo Perosi ; Sistine Chapel Choir Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Gramophone 284i 12-in. Apr. 1904 Oremus pro Pontefice Cantori Romani ; Alessandro Moreschi Male soprano vocal solo, with chorus, piano, and organ choral director  
Gramophone 2193h 10-in. Apr. 1904 Exultate justi Sistine Chapel Choir Vocal chorus choral director  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Perosi, Lorenzo," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105988.

Perosi, Lorenzo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105988.

"Perosi, Lorenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105988

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