Dom Lorenzo Perosi
Lorenzo Perosi was born at Tortona, Italy, December 20, 1872.
He was the song of the director of music at the cathedral in Tortona, and was early destined for the priesthood.
He studied music at Milan conservatory, 1892-93, and then went to Ratisbon to study church music under Haberl.
After a short time at Imola he was made choirmaster of St. Mark’s, Venice.
In 1898 he was appointed musical director at the Sistine chapel in Rome.
There is little doubt that the marked improvement in the music which culminated in the decree of Pope Pius X was largely due to Perosi’s influence.
He first attracted general public attention, however, by his trilogy of oratorios, The Transfiguration, The Raising of Lazarus and The Resurrection of Christ, which were given in Italy in 1897-99, with great success, and were given in London in 1899.
Two more oratorios followed, Mosts (1901) and Leo the Great (1902), and this brings us to the most ambitious of his works, The Last Judgment, which was produced at Rome in 1904.
He has written a large number of masses, much organ music, orchestral variations, and other works of various kinds.
Rumors are continually arising that he is at work on an opera on the subject of Romeo and Juliet.
A new cantata, Anima, and some orchestral pieces, including a tone poem on the subject of Tripoli, are among his most recent works.
Perosi is undoubtedly the most important of modern Italian church composers.
He died October 12, 1956.