(1566–c.1638), Italian composer, lutenist, and writer on music. He worked at the Este court in Ferrara and, after 1597, for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini in Bologna, where he was a member of the Accademia dei Filomusi. The first of his two collections of lute music (1623) contains an important preface which deals with the invention of the archlute, modifications to the chitarrone, and details of performance practice. He wrote toccatas and dances as well as the music for the first opera to be performed in Spain, La selva sin amore.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).