Keys to Heaven

Music by Josquin,
Allegri and Palestrina
aspired to give
people an idea what
it would be like to be
transported to heaven.

It still does!



Pietro Perugino painted The Delivery of the Keys (above) on the northern wall of the newly-constructed Sistine Chapel in 1481/82. The fresco depicts Christ handing St Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. When Franco-Flemish composer, Josquin des Prez joined the papal choir in 1489, this painting would have been one of the main focal points in the Chapel. At that time, paintings on the North and South walls contrasted with a relatively unadorned ceiling, on which were depicted stars shining in a night sky. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina became Master of the Capella Giulia in 1551. He was no doubt inspired by Perugino’s fresco when he composed the Motet, Tu es Petrus.

That thou art Peter … And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven …


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-94)
Motet Tu es Petrus (1572)

Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521)
Ave Maria

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Missa Aeterna Christi Munera




Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
O magnum mysterium

Luca Marenzio (1553/4–99)
Crudel, perché mi fuggi? (1587)
Scaldava il sol (1582)
Non vidi mai dopo notturna pioggia (1585)

Gregorio Allegri
Christus resurgens

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MACEDON: 3:00 PM Saturday 16 November Church of the Resurrection
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