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date: 28 September 2020

Perosi, Lorenzolocked

  • John C.G. Waterhouse

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(b Tortona, Dec 20, 1872; d Rome, Dec 12, 1956). Italian composer and church musician. After attending the conservatories of Rome and Milan, he went to Regensburg in 1893 to study church music with Haberl. He was made choirmaster of S Marco, Venice (1894), ordained priest (1895) and appointed music director of the Cappella Sistina (1898); meanwhile he was becoming widely known as a conductor of his own oratorios. But an acute spiritual crisis, the culmination of eight years of growing psychological disturbance, forced him to abandon his Rome post in 1915, and in 1922 he entered a mental hospital. In 1923 he was sufficiently cured to resume his position, which officially he held until his death. His recovery, however, was incomplete, his relapses frequent: later intermittent musical activities were a mere appendix to his career. In 1930 he was honoured with membership of the Reale Accademia d’Italia....

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Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana