Giovanni Bassano

(? - 1617)

Italian composer. A fine cornettist, he was employed from 1576 in various posts at St Mark's, Venice, including (from 1601) conductor of the orchestra. He published canzonets, motets with organ bass and keyboard music, and in 1591 issued a collection of ornamented versions of motets and madrigals by leading composers such as Palestrina, Lassus and Rore. He also made highly decorated arrangements of existing music for the viola bastarda, in which the polyphonic texture disappears. His father was probably the inventor of the bassanello.

A Partial Giovanni Bassano Discography | IVN: The Venetian Style