(b Bergamo, 17 Jan. 1517; d Dresden, 18 Jan. 1580). Italian composer and cornett and sackbut player. A renowned performer, in 1549 he joined the Dresden Hofkapelle; some years later he converted to Protestantism, and in 1568 he succeeded Matthaeus Le Maistre as Kapellmeister. He is noted for his St John Passion (1561), the first responsorial setting in German to adopt polyphony for the individual character utterances, and for his similarly scored Resurrection History (before 1573), which provided the model for Schütz's setting of 1623.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.