Salamone Rossi was an Italian string player and composer working at the turn of the 17th century, a contemporary of Monteverdi and Caccini.
Imagine being a singer in your late 20’s in the Sistine Chapel choir, with Josquin des Pres as a colleague. That was the fate of Costanzo Festa.
The 18th century Italian cellist, Antonio Vandini, was like his contemporary, Antonio Vivalidi, also a priest.
"These are the topping tooters of the town, and have gowns, silver chains, and salaries, for playing “Lilliburlero” to my Lord Mayor’s horse through the city."