Claudio Merulo

Claudio Merulo (April 8, 1533 – May 4, 1604) was an Italian composer, publisher and organist of the late Renaissance period.

Merulo is most famous for his innovative keyboard music and his ensemble music composed in the Venetian polychoral style. He was born in Correggio and died in Parma. He was born Claudio Merlotti and he Latinised his surname (meaning little blackbird) when he became famous in Venetian cultural clubs.