Strozzi, Piero, amateur Italian composer; b. Florence, c. 1550; d. there, after Sept. 1, 1609. He was a nobleman. He was a member of the Bardi circle in Florence, and one of the creators of the “stile rappresentativo,” leading to the development of opera. With Caccini, Merulo, and Striggio, he wrote the festival music for the wedding of Francesco de’ Medici in 1579. In 1596 he set to music Rinuccini’s libretto La mascherata degli accecati. Two madrigals by Strozzi are in Luca Bati’s Secondo libro di madrigali (Venice, 1598).
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