Zipoli was an Italian Jesuit who hailed originally from Prato. He was one several excellent musicians recruited by the order for their missions to the New World. He entered the Society of Jesus, in the middle of 1716 and on April 5th 1717, he left as a member of an expedition organized by the Jesuits, to the Río de la Plata. On his arrival in Buenos Aires he was sent to the Jesuit monastery in Córdoba where he continued his theological studies, and composed music which was distributed by messenger throughout the Jesuit missions in particular the 30 villages that were part of the Reductions. His career was very short – he died of Tuberculosis on January 2nd 1726 but during those eight years he composed a huge amount of music little of which has survived until our time because of the destruction of Jesuit materials during the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767. His setting for soloists, chorus, violin & continuo of St. Thomas Aquinas' hymn Sacris Solemnis is a delightfully clear somewhat operatic setting of the hymn in which soloists and choir alternate. You can hear below performed wonderfully well by Affetti Musicali and the Boys Choir of Cordoba conducted by Gabriel Garrido. Enjoy :-).