Alessandro Striggio

(c. 1540—1592)

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(b Mantua, 1535; d Mantua, 1592).

It. composer. Prin. composer at court of Medicis in Florence in 1560s, writing intermedi for ceremonial occasions. Visited Eng. as political emissary 1567. Wrote madrigals for Ferrara 1584. Returned to Mantua 1584. Skilled instrumentalist, playing lira da gamba and descant viol. Unusual for his time in composing little sacred mus. His son Alessandro Striggio (b Mantua, c.1573; d Venice, c.1630) was a diplomat, viol player, and author of the libretto for Monteverdi's Orfeo, Mantua 1607.

Subjects: Music.

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