Romano, Alessandro


Italian viola-player, monk and church composer; was born at Rome about 1530. He was known generally as Alessandro della Viola; studied under Goudimel. and became a singer in the Papal Chapel in early middle life, afterward a monk of the order of Monte Oliveto. His compositions, published at Venice, include two volumes of Canzoni Napolitane; a collection  of madrigals, and one of motets in five parts; and a five-part madrigal.