Giovanni Croce

(c. 1557—1609)

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(b Chioggia, c.1558; d Venice, 1609).

It. composer and priest. Choirmaster St Mark's, Venice, from 1603, having been deputy for 12 years. Wrote masses and motets (pubd. in Venice between 1594 and 1601), and other church mus. His secular madrigals were pubd. between 1590 and 1595. In one of his ‘caprices’ in Venetian dialect, he anticipated Mahler by setting a text about a song‐contest between the cuckoo and the nightingale judged by a parrot (in Mahler's case, a donkey).

Subjects: Music.

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