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Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (probably 8 March – 8 September ) was Prince of . examples (for instance, the madrigals “Moro, lasso, al mio duolo” and “Beltà, poi che t’assenti”, both of which are in Book Six, published in ). If you’re casting around for musical inspiration, you could do a lot worse than Carlo Gesualdo. A 16th-century prince and a composer, he is best remembered as. Yet, the harmony of Gesualdo’s madrigals evades modal rules and his Table 6 Modal and Chromatic Sets in ‘Moro lasso al mio duolo’.

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GESUALDO Moro Lasso. O crux benedicta DEAN Carlo |

The first books of madrigals that Gesualdo published are close in style to the work of other contemporary madrigalists. Gesualdo’s late setting of Psalm 51, the Miserereis distinguished by its insistent and imploring musical laseo, alternating lines of monophonic chant with pungently chromatic polyphony in a low vocal tessitura.

The resulting works sounded as though they might have been written by the later Schoenberg. Mozart’s C-Minor Piano Concerto was interrupted laswo the first movement, and a recording of some madrigals by Gesualdo took its place. Peter in having betrayed him.

Older ones give the year of birth as c. According to Campanellawriting in Lyon inGesualdo had himself beaten daily by his servants, keeping a special servant whose duty it was to beat him “at stool”, [11] and he engaged in a relentless, and fruitless, correspondence with Cardinal Federico Borromeo to obtain relics lssso, i.

They offer a point of departure for the Dean, whose verbatim musical quotations of the start quickly dissolve into fragments of melody and sound, song giving way to whispers and breaths, counterpoint to hesualdo clattering Babel of unfinished musical thoughts. Such visceral settings were the forte of Carlo Gesualdowhose last two books of madrigals his fifth and sixth, both published in are especially noted for gesualod use of intense chromaticism in vividly rendering the love-death metaphor.


While this type of word-painting is common among madrigalists of the late 16th century, it reached an extreme development in Gesualdo’s music. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Most likely Carlo was born at Venosa, then part of the Kingdom of Naplesbut little else is known about his early life. The Tenebrae Responsoriapublished inare stylistically madrigali spiritualii. Abandoning the prospect of an ecclesiastical career, he married in his first cousin, Donna Maria d’Avalos, the daughter of Carlo d’Avalos, prince of Montesarchio and Sveva Gesualdo, princess of Venosa.

So in a certain sense disintegration may have its advantages. In Gesualdo, that fantastic character out of a Webster melodrama, psychological disintegration had exaggerated, had pushed to the extreme limit, a tendency inherent in modal as opposed to fully tonal music.

The piece begins with long-held notes moving slowly in descending half steps, metaphorically representing death and agony; this is sharply contrasted by the subsequent break on the words “she who could give me life” into a stream of flowing, imitative counterpoint.

List of compositions by Carlo Gesualdo. While his estate became a center of music-making, it was for Gesualdo alone. Regardless of this, however, he had a single-minded devotion to music from an early age, and showed little interest in anything else.

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GESUALDO Moro Lasso. O crux benedicta DEAN Carlo

There he was placed under the protection of his uncle, Alfonso d. He rarely left his castle, taking delight in nothing but music. His most famous compositions are his six books of madrigals, published between andas well as his Tenebrae Responsoriawhich are very much like madrigals, except that they use texts from the Passiona form Tenebrae used by many other composers. This sense of violent ecstasy on the brink of insanity can certainly be sensed in his music.


The whole is disorganized. But if he had not written such shocking music we would not care so much about his deeds.

Carlo Gesualdo – Wikipedia

Millennium of Music, Vol. However, Gesualdo ‘s violence was fueled by love and jealousy alone; he is reported to have employed a crew of young boys to flagellate him on a regular basis. After the Renaissance Gesualdo’s life story and his music were largely forgotten until the 20th century: October Learn how and when to remove this template message.

After returning to his castle at Gesualdo from Ferrara inhe set up a situation similar to the one that existed in Ferrara, with a group of resident virtuoso musicians who would sing his own music. The sepulchre was destroyed in the earthquake of Another Gesualdo opera was written by Franz Hummel in as a commission from the city of Kaiserslautern. He also worked with the concerto delle donnethe three virtuoso female singers who were among the most renowned performers in the country, and for whom many other composers wrote music.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Carlo Gesualdo. Gesualdo was an Italian composer who, because of mental illness, murdered his wife and her lover, and wrote music in the 16th century that was so progressive and extreme that no one attempted to recreate his style until the 20th century One of the most obvious characteristics of his music is the extravagant text setting of words representing extremes of emotion: