Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1520 - 1586)

An Italian composer of the Venetian school, studied with Adrian Willaert, and was the uncle and teacher of Giovanni Gabrieli.  After extensive travel in Germany and Bohemia, Andrea became organist at St. Mark's in Venice, where he achieved a great reputation as organist.  He was a prolific composer of both choral and instrumental music, ranging from massive sacred works to madrigals.  Many of his larger compositions exhibit the polychoral tradition of the Venetian school established by Willaert.