Viadana [Grossi da Viadana], Lodovico
- Federico Mompellio
(b Viadana, nr Parma, c1560; d Gualtieri, nr Parma, May 2, 1627). Italian composer. He ranks highly among composers of his period for the freshness, fluency and notably expressive quality of his music; above all, he gave a strong impulse to the vocal concerto with basso continuo in ecclesiastical music, and acquired many pupils who continued his work.
According to a document dating from the end of the 18th century, he was a member of the Grossi family by birth and took the name Viadana when he entered the order of the Minor Observants some time before 1588. It has been asserted that he was a pupil of Costanzo Porta, but there is no confirmation of this. He was maestro di cappella at Mantua Cathedral from at least January 1594 probably until 1597. At the end of the 16th century he may have been at Padua, for he had connections with that city, and he was also in Rome. In ...