(b Lucera, nr. Guastalla, c.1620; d Mantua, 1677). Italian composer. After being ordained priest, he was in charge of the music for various organizations, including the Accademia della Morte at Ferrara, S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, and S. Petronio, the largest church in Bologna. There he was largely responsible for increasing the scale of music for festivals, using huge choirs and orchestras. His large output includes much attractive instrumental music, consisting mainly of dances and sonatas: it was Cazzati who initiated the S. Petronio repertory of sonatas with a trumpet part, of which there are three in his op. 35 (Bologna, 1665). He was also the first Bolognese composer to publish solo violin sonatas (op. 55, Bologna, 1670). His church music is solemn rather than deeply felt, but none the less worthy of revival. After a professional argument over ‘errors’ in his counterpoint he left S. Petronio and spent his last years as maestro di cappella to the Duchess of Mantua.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.