Vinci, Pietro, distinguished Italian composer and teacher; b. Nicosia, Sicily, c. 1535; d. there or in Piazza Armerina, c.June 15, 1584. After living in various areas of Italy, he served as maestro di cappella at the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo (1568-80); then returned to Sicily in 1581. He was distinguished as a madrigalist. Among his pupils were Paolo Caracciolo and Antonio II Verso. He composed masses, other sacred works, 12 books of madrigals (1561-84), and ricercares. A complete ed. of his works was publ. in Musiche Rinascimentali Siciliane (1971 et seq.).
F. Mompellio, P. V madrigalista siciliano (Milan, 1937).
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