Giovanni Croce

(ca. 1557 - 1609)

Italian composer. A pupil of Zarlino, he joined the choir of St Mark's, Venice, in 1565. He was a priest by 1585, and became vice-maestroat St Mark's in 1594 and full maestro di cappellain 1603. He was a prolific church composer (he published fifteen volumes) who in his late Cantileneadopted the concertato idiom, and a versatile madrigalist, contributing to the vogue for madrigal comedy in his Triaca Musicale.

IVN: The Venetian Style