Merlo, Alessandro, Italian tenor, bass, viol player, and composer, known as Alessandro Romano or Alessandro della Viola; b. Rome , 1530; d. probably there, after 1594. He most likely received his training under Willaert and Rore. He spent most of his career as an esteemed singer in the Sistine Chapel. Among his works, all publ. in Venice, are 2 vols, of madrigals (1565, 1577), 2 vols, of canzoni (1570, 1571), a vol. of villanelle (1579), and a vol. of Lamentationi (1582).
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