But the most celebrated composition of Allegri is the Miserere, still annually performed in the Sistine Chapel at Rome.
In spite of the precautions of the popes, the Miserere has long been public property.
The entire music performed at Rome in Holy Week, Allegri's Miserere included, has been issued at Leipzig by Breitkopf and Hertel.
Round the circlet is the singularly inappropriate text from Psalm li., "Miserere mei Deus secundum magnam misericordiam tuam."
His compositions, of which very few have been published, were very favourable specimens of the severe ecclesiastical style; one in particular, a ten-part Miserere, composed.