The piece, called Miserere Mei Deus by Gregorio Allegri, was…

The piece, called Miserere Mei Deus by Gregorio Allegri, was probably written sometime during the 1630s, and was only played at the Wednesday and Friday Tenebrae services during Holy Week at the Vatican. When he was 14, Mozart heard the piece once, transcribed it from memory, then returned to the following service to make minor corrections. He presented it to the Pope a year later, who awarded him with the Order of the Golden Spur.

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