Pisano, Bernardo


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(b Florence, 12 Oct. 1490; d Rome, 23 Jan. 1548). Italian cleric, singer, and composer. He was trained at the cathedral school in Florence, and subsequently became master of the choristers there. In 1514 he joined the papal chapel in Rome, while continuing his associations with Florence. His circle of friends included Michelangelo. Pisano helped pave the way towards the 16th-century madrigal with his polyphonic settings of canzoni by Petrarch. He also composed liturgical music for Holy Week.

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