Luigi Cherubini (1760 -- 1842) was an Italian composer
who spent most of his working life in France. His most
significant compositions are operas and sacred music.
Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest of his
Cherubini was born Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore
Cherubini in Florence. There is uncertainty about his
exact date of birth. Although 14 September is sometimes
stated, evidence from baptismal records and Cherubini
himself suggests the 8th is correct. Perhaps the
strongest evidence is his first name, Maria, which is
traditional for a child born on 8 September, feast-day
of the Nativity of the Virgin. His instruction in music
began at the age of six with his father, Bartolomeo,
maestro al cembalo ("Master of the harpsichord", in
other words, ensemble leader from the harpsichord).
Considered a child prodigy, Cherubini studied
counterpoint and dramatic style at an early age. By the
time he was thirteen, he had composed several religious
"Lauda Anima Mea" ("Give praise, O my soul") was
originally written for Chorus (T) and Organ. I created
this arrangement for Viola & Acoustic Piano.