Unlike many other great composers of the Renaissance, whose work lay in relative obscurity until the twentieth century, Palestrina's fame continued unabated from his lifetime to the present day. There are several reasons for this. The first is that he was, in fact, one of the greatest composers of the late Renaissance. The other is his association with the musical reforms of the Council of Trent, and the exaggerated allegation that he somehow single-handedly saved polyphonic church music. - Angela Mariani.