Italian composer. A pupil of Vincento Ruffo (in Verona) and Rore, he moved to Cremona well before 1572, where he was prefect of music (by 1578) and later maestro di capella(by 1579) at the cathedral; it was in that city that Monteverdi studied with him. He published ten books of sacred music and eight of madrigals. Though he showed himself fairly conventional in the former, the madrigals were in the modern manner after Rore; Monteverdi considered them to belong to the Seconda Prattica. Twenty-seven responseries for Holy Week by him were long considered to be by Palestrina.