(b Prague, c.1589; d Brescia, 1656). Italian organist and composer. The son of a musician in the service of Emperor Rudolf II, he was sent at an early age to study music in Venice and Rome. He eventually became organist at Brescia Cathedral, where he remained until his death. He composed attractive madrigals, solo motets, and some sonatas for two violins and continuo (published in his first book of Madrigali, Venice, 1621) which are early instances of the trio sonata.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.