Asprilio Pacelli

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Asprilio Pacelli
Portrait of Asprilio Pacelli from a monument in Saint John's Archcathedral in Warsaw, Poland.png
Monument in Saint John's Archcathedral in Warsaw, Poland
Born 1570
Vasciano, Stroncone, Province of Terni, Umbria, Italy
Died 4 May 1623 (aged 52–53)
Nationality Italian
Occupation Composer
Style Baroque

Asprilio Pacelli (or Pecelli) (1570 – 4 May 1623) was an Italian Baroque composer. He was born in Vasciano near Narni in Stroncone, Province of Terni, Umbria, Italy; and died in Warsaw.


He was a boy chorister at Cappella Giulia. He served at two Roman churches: Santa Maria in Monserrato and Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini. Maestro di cappella of the Collegio Germanico (from 1595), he held the same position at S Pietro from 1602, but he left the post to Francesco Soriano from 1 January 1603; in the same year Pacelli became Maestro di cappella of King Sigismund III of Poland, who had one of the most important royal chapels in Europe.[1] He remained at that position until his death. As appreciation to him, the King ordered an epitaph commemorating Pacelli to be constructed in the St. John's Cathedral in Warsaw.[2] The original epitaph with the composer's portrait was destroyed when the Cathedral was also destroyed during the Planned destruction of Warsaw;[3] it was nonetheless reconstructed after the war.


  1. ^ Luca Marenzio, Marco Scacchi and Giovanni Francesco Anerio were musicians at the same court.
  2. ^ (Polish) Polska Akademia Umiejętności, Instytut Historii (Polska Akademia Nauk) (1935). Polski słownik biograficzny. Skład główny w księgarni Gebethnera i Wolffa. p. 754. "Dla uczczenia jego pamięci Zygmunt III zlecił wmurowanie epitafium w warszawskiej katedrze Św. Jana. Gliński M., Asprilio Pacelli, Citta del Vaticano 1941." 
  3. ^ (Polish) "Archikatedra Warszawska św. Jana Chrzciciela". Retrieved 2011-08-18. "Od 1603 roku aż do swojej śmierci w roku 1623 dyrygentem kapeli był wybitny kompozytor Asprillio Pacelli (...) W Archikatedrze istniał jego wspaniały pomnik, zniszczony w powstaniu warszawskim w 1944r." 


  • Mirosław Perz, Asprilio Pacelli, in «New Grove Dictionary»;
  • Cristina Santarelli, Asprilio Pacelli, in «Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti», Torino, 1985;
  • Alberto Cametti, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ed. Ricordi, 1894.

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