Rossi, Michelangelo [Michel Angelo del Violino]
- Catherine Moore
(b Genoa, 1601/2; d Rome, bur. 7 July 1656). Italian composer, violinist and organist.
There are large gaps in our knowledge of Rossi's life, and the fact that two, if not three, contemporary Italian violinists (including Rossi himself) were known as Michelangelo (or Michelagnolo) del Violino calls into question some previously accepted information. It can be assumed that Rossi received his earliest musical training in Genoa, where he was assistant organist to his uncle Lelio, a Servite brother, at the cathedral of S Lorenzo. He may also have studied with Simone Molinaro, who published Gesualdo's madrigals in ...