Nasco, Jan, Flemish composer; b. c. 1510; d. Treviso, 1561. He was in the service of the nobleman Paolo Naldi in Vicenza before serving as maestro di cappella of the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona (1547–51) and of Treviso Cathedral (1551–61). He was sometimes referred to as Metre Gian, which led to him being confused with Maistre Jhan of Ferrara. His works, which reveal the profound influence of Willaert, included both sacred and secular pieces. He wrote a fine St. Matthew Passion, which was formerly attributed to Maistre Jhan. Most of his MSS in Treviso were lost during World War II.
—Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire