Giovanni Battista Ala

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Born: c.1598

Died: c.1630


(b Monza, nr Milan, c1598; d Milan, c1630). Italian composer and organist. All that is known of his life derives from the title-pages of his publications and from Picinelli. In 1618 he was organist of the collegiate church in Desio and in 1621 of S Maria dei Servi, Milan. He died at the age of 32. Picinelli praised him as an excellent organist and a wonderful (‘stupendo’) composer. He was an adherent of the monodic and concertato style of, among others, Monteverdi, whose duet Sancta Maria he published for the first time in his Primo libro di concerti ecclesiastici.

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