Tommaso Bai

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Born: 10 July 1636 Crevalcore, Italy

Died: 22 December 1714 Rome, Italy


Tommaso Bai was born in Crevalcore July 10, 1636. The constant practice of music as a singer for 44 years, had to be the reason for his appointment as maestro di cappella at the Cappella Giulia on November 19, 1713, after the death of Lorenzani. Bai's fame is linked to the Miserere which is sung during Holy Week, along with those of Allegri and Baini. The young Mozart visited Rome with his father, and was invited to listen to the Miserere in the Sistine Chapel, which was considered a "secret" special setting (i.e., proprietary to the Cappella Sistina) to be performed only on special occasions and during Holy Week. Mozart, immediately after hearing this, was able to transcribe from memory the Miserere of Thomas Bai (and that of Allegri), which in this way lost its status as a "secret". Other compositions by Bai are: a mass on do re mi and several motets for 5 voices. (translated from the Wikipedia article with corrections).

View the Italian Wikipedia article on Tommaso Bai. (English translation by Google)

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