Quagliati, Paolo , Italian organist and composer; b. Chioggia, c. 1555; d. Rome, Nov. 16, 1628. Born into the nobility, he settled in Rome (c. 1574), where he was organist at S. Maria Maggiore. He was also in the service of the Ludovisi family. Upon the elevation of Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi as Pope Gregory XV (1621), he became apostolic prothonotary and the pope’s private chamberlain. He publ. II carro di Fedeltà d’Amore con aggiunta di alcune arie dell’istesso autore, one of the earliest music dramas, containing not only monodies, but ensemble numbers up to 5 voices (Rome, 1611; ed. in Smith Coll. Music Archives, XIII, 1957). Other works include motets and “dialogues” a 2–8 (3 vols., 1612, 1620, 1627), etc.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire