- Edmond Strainchamps
(b Ferrara, 1545; d Ferrara, Sept 10, 1607). Italian composer, organist, and teacher. He was the leading musician at the Ferrara court in the later 16th century, a noted teacher and keyboard player, and an influential madrigalist and composer of instrumental music.
He appears to have lived his entire life in Ferrara. According to his own testimony he was a pupil of Cipriano de Rore. He probably studied the organ with Jacques Brunel and may also have studied composition with Alfonso dalla Viola after Rore left Ferrara in 1558. In May of 1561 he became an organist at the Este court, and in 1564, after the death of Brunel, he was appointed first organist. Although this always remained his official title, his responsibilities were broadened to include the direction of one of the court orchestras, the training of musicians placed under him, and composing for the court. Bottrigari, who was in Ferrara from ...