Baldassare Donato

(ca. 1530 - 1603)

Italian composer, probably a pupil of Rore. A singer at St Mark's, Venice, from 1550, succeedingZarlino as maestro di cappellathere in 1590. His humorous villanellas of 1550 were reprinted many times and praised by Burney in his General History of Music. He also published madrigals and a volume of motets in up to eight parts which use Venetian polychoral effects.

IVN: The Venetian Style