Benevoli, Orazio

Benevoli, Orazio

(ōrä`tsyō bānāvô`lē), 1605–72, Italian composer. From 1646 until his death Benevoli was maestro di cappella at the Vatican. He wrote a large quantity of sacred music, much of it scored for many vocal parts—a mass (1628) for Salzburg Cathedral has 52 vocal parts. Benevoli was strongly influenced by Palestrina in his use of harmony.