He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr
Seht dort, die wilde Reiterin
Russian Romantic composer Modest Mussorgsky was dismissed from his government job due to problems arising from his alcoholism. His friends tried to help him, offering him financial support on the condition of fulfilling his musical commissions, such as Khovanshchina. This was around the time that the Russian realist painter Ilya Repin was working on his famous red-nosed portrait of Mussorgsky looking dishevelled. It would prove to be the last year of Mussorgsky's life.
Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, one of the most important vocal composers of Renaissance Italy was hired at the Sistine Chapel, an unusual decision, since Palestrina was married. This was typically a position given to a member of the clergy, but Palestrina was held in such high regard by Pope Julius III since the publication of his Masses to the Pontiff that this rule was overlooked. Unfortunately, the celibacy rule was reinstated and within the year, Palestrina and two other married musicians were forced to leave.
Tenore di Napoli
Opening Chorus: Secret Are the Sounds
Duet: It's Really Time
Da poi che vidi vostra falsa fede
Blue Larspur in a Garden