Benedetto Pallavicino

(?1551 - 1601)

Italian composer. A singer at the Gonzaga court in Mantua from 1582, and in 1596, on Wert's death, secured the post of court maestro di cappella which Monteverdi had coveted. His madrigals were extremely popular (though Burney thought them uninventive) and ten volumes were published, some posthumously; he also composed church music, including motets in up to sixteen parts. (The monk Benedetto Pallavicino who issued the composer's various posthumous publications was his son.)

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