chapter  II
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Composers of Mass Seitings the Rudolphine Chapel

The central musician at the Rudolphine chapel was the court chapel master, Philippe de Monte. Upon Rudolf's accedence to the throne, De Monte was at the peak of productivity, and the composer's death in 1603 coincides with the beginning of the disintegration of the financial and spiritual basis of the court. De Monte's extant works amount to over 1400 compositions, mostly Italian madrigals, but also thirty-seven Masses. He was a fitting chapel master for the chapel of the Holy Roman Emperor.