Circa 1556, Caravaggio, Lombardy.

January 4, 1609.


A composer, Gastoldi was in the chapel of the Gonzaga family in Mantua, eventually as maestro di capella (1572–1608), then probably moved to Milan.

Most influential are his balletti, strophic vocal dance-songs with passages of nonsense syllables. These were often reprinted and much imitated, as by Claudio Monteverdi and Thomas Morley. His works include:

  1. In Dir Ist Freude

Gastoldi’s place of death or burial