Born: circa 1560 Died: September 27, 1614
Felice Anerio was an highly important figure of composition in the Italy of the 16th and 17th centuries. The majority of works attributed to him include sacred and secular vocal works. Included within the corpus of his work are "Regina caeli" (Queen of Heaven), "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" (I Come to Thee Holy Spirit), and "Tibi laus, tibi gloria" (To you praise and to you glory). He was a composer for the pope and wrote imaginatively for two choirs, employed true emotion, and made attempts to get out of modal conventionality. He was influenced by the tradition of Palestrina and by his contemporary innovator Filippo Neri.