In 1544 Palestrina was summoned to his native town as organist and singing master of the local church.
During the following half dozen years he married, fathered the first of his three sons, and began composing.
In March 1571 Palestrina was appointed choirmaster at the Julian Chapel, where he stayed for the rest of his life.
On at least two occasions attempts were made to lure him from Rome.
Maria Maggiore in Rome in 1534, the 9-year-old chorister may have followed him, but the earliest cathedral record naming Giovanni carries the date 1537.
Except for a brief return to his birthplace, Giovanni served at S. During this formative period he probably trained with one of the Franco-Flemings in Rome: Robin Mallapert, Firmin Le Bel, or Jacques Arcadelt.
He was not modern in the same way as his Venetian colleagues with their polychoral pieces.
His fuller identification with the older Franco-Flemish masters, however, made him the representative of that illustrious group best remembered by posterity.
He also approved Palestrina's appointment as choirmaster at the church of St. But stringent economies and political intrigues made it difficult for him to achieve his artistic aims.
John Lateran, where Roland de Lassus had been active only the year before. After a particularly unpleasant incident about food and lodging for his choirboys, Palestrina left his post without notice.