(b Lucca, bapt. 28 June 1547; d Florence, 22 Jan. 1599). Italian composer. When his father left his post as organist of Lucca Cathedral in 1551 Cristofano accompanied him to Florence, where he spent the rest of his life. He was in the service of the Medici, and in 1574 he gained the important position of maestro di cappella of S. Giovanni Battista; later he was also organist at Florence Cathedral. He wrote keyboard ricercars and three books of madrigals, but is best known for his contribution to the intermedi performed as part of the celebrations surrounding the wedding of Grand Duke Ferdinando I and Christine of Lorraine in 1589.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.