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Our content consists of article extracts from newspapers, magazines and books written and published prior to 1923 bringing to you the flavor of early music history as it was presented by prominent people in the music industry at that time including articles written by famous composers about other famous composers as well as articles written by opera stars and the top music educators of the time.
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|Giovanni Battista Ala|
|He was born at Monza about the end of the 16th century, died at the age of thirty two; organist of the Church dei Servitori, in Milan, and composer of canzonets, madrigals, and operas (Milan, 1617, 1625), 'Concerti ecclesiastici' (Milan 1618, 1621, 1628), and several motets in the 'Pratum musicum' (Antwerp, 1634), and in the 'Juscinia Sacra' (Antwerp, 1633).|