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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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Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Interpretation and explication is left, bizarrely, to others. 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 Skip to main content.

Jazz Latin New Age. About a year after the gruesome end of his first marriage Gesualdo’s father died and he thus became the third Prince of Venosa and eighth Count of Conza.

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.

Of course, the substitution in madrigal poetry of death for sexual ecstasy is not arbitrary, and perhaps Gesualdo ‘s talent at evocative musical rendering derives for good or ill from a literal, or intellectual, conflation of the two.


After the Renaissance Gesualdo’s life story and his music were largely forgotten until the 20th century: A 16th-century prince and a composer, he is best remembered as a double-murderer — infamously stabbing his wife and her lover after discovering them in flagrante.

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The day after the murders, a delegation of Neapolitan officials inspected the room in Gesualdo’s apartment where the killings had taken place, and interrogated witnesses.

Suppose you couldn’t get back, out of the chaos 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. As laaso the later books of madrigals, he uses particularly sharp dissonance and shocking chromatic juxtapositions, especially in the parts highlighting text passages having to do with Christ’s gesuqldo, or the guilt of St.

The evidence that Gesualdo was tortured by guilt for the lassl of his life is considerable, and he may have given expression to it in his music.

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InWerner Herzog directed the film Gesualdo: This sense of violent ecstasy on the brink of insanity can certainly be sensed in his music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved July 17, Views Read Edit View history. The text is closely wedded to the music, with individual words being given maximum attention. Genre Vocal Music Classical.

She spent more and more time away from the isolated estate. After returning to his laaso 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. Older ones give the year of birth as c.


A Conversation with Camille De Rijck. The relationship between Gesualdo and his new wife was not good; she accused him of abuse, and the Este family attempted to obtain a divorce.

Carlo Gesualdo

The burial plaque, however, remains visible. Gesualdo was particularly fond of chromatic third relations, for instance juxtaposing the chords of A major and F majoror even C-sharp major and A minoras he does for example at the beginning of “Moro, lasso, al mio duolo”.

Indeed, one gauge of a skilled madrigal composer is his ability to infuse such predictable conceits with new emotional vitality. This kind of juxtaposition recurs throughout the piece in a thorough playing out of the text’s dichotomous imagery: October Learn how and when to remove lass template message.

In the meantime, he engaged in more than two years of creative activity in the innovative environment of Ferrara, surrounded by some of the finest musicians in Italy. The first books of madrigals that Gesualdo published are close in style to the work of other contemporary madrigalists.