Valentini, Pietro Francesco
Celebrated Roman composer of the Seventeenth Century. He obtained his musical education in the school established in Rome by Palestrina and Nanini. Though descended from a noble family he was poor and obliged to make his living by playing. He was a prolific composer, some of his works being published between the years 1629 to 1654, and many others by his heirs. His most celebrated compositions are two canons. Other works are two books of madrigals; eight books of motets; two books of Canzonette spiritual! ; many books of Canzonette, litanies, and motets. He was an excellent theorist; some of his manuscripts of theoretical works on music are now in the Barberini Library at Rome.