Pasquini, Ercole, significant Italian organist and composer; b. Ferrara, c. 1550; d. Rome, between 1608 and 1619. He studied with Alessandro Milleville. He was organist in Ferrara and then at the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter’s in Rome (1597–1608), and also organist at S. Spirito in Saxia (1604). He was one of the leading masters of keyboard composition in his era. In addition to some 30 keyboard pieces, several sacred vocal works are extant. See W. Shindle, ed., Ercole Pasquini: Collected Keyboard Works, Corpus of Early Keyboard Music, XII (1966).
W. Shindle, The Keyboard Works of E. P. (diss., Ind. Univ., 1963).
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