Ludovico Balbi was one of the minor lights of the late Italian Renaissance. Born in Venice about 1545, Balbi's name first appears on the registers of the monastery at S. Maria Gloriosa del Frari in Venice; the year 1565 finds him in Padua as a student of Costanzo Porta. From 1570 through 1578 Balbi was employed as a singer at St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice in addition to singing at the cathedral of Verona, and at the end of that period he was appointed as maestro di cappella at his home base, S. Maria Gloriosa del Frari. Quite a bit of correspondence exists from the years 1579 through 1582 whereby Porta is attempting to persuade Cardinal Carlo Borromeo to appoint Balbi to the position of maestro at Milan Cathedral.
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