Natale Monferrato (1603–1685) was an Italian baroque
composer. He was a pupil of Giovanni Rovetta, then was
a singer at St Mark's Basilica in Venice, and then with
the aid of Francesco Cavalli vicemaestro, or maestro di
coro (1647–76). On 30 April 1676 he became director,
after a competition with Giovanni Legrenzi, another of
Rovetta's pupils, and Pietro Andrea Ziani. He was
earlier maestro at the Mendicanti.
Following his death the junior post of maestro di coro
fell to Giandomenico Partenio (1685–89), then Antonino
Although this piece was originally written for Voice
and Continuo, I created this interpretation of the
"Alma Redemptoris Mater" (Kindly Mother of the
Redeemer) for Oboe & Cello.