Claudio Monteverdi

Biography

Born: May 15, 1567; Italy   Died: Nov 29, 1643; Italy   Period: Baroque
If one were to name the composer that stitches the seam between the Renaissance and the Baroque, it would likely be Claudio Monteverdi -- the same composer who is largely and frequently credited with making the cut in the first place. The path from his earliest canzonettas and madrigals to his latest operatic work exemplifies the shifts in musical thinking that took place in the last decades of the sixteenth century and the first few of the Read more seventeenth.
Monteverdi was born in Cremona, Italy, on the May 15, 1567. As a youth his musical talent was already evident: his first publication was issued by a prominent Venetian publishing house when he was 15, and by the time he was 20 a variety of his works had gone to print. His first book of five-voice madrigals, while bearing a dedication to his Cremonese mentor Ingegnieri, succeeded in establishing his reputation outside of his provincial hometown, and helped him find work in the court of the Duke Gonzaga of Mantua. His compositions from the Mantuan period betray the influence of Giaches de Wert, who Monteverdi eventually succeeded as the maestro di cappella. It was around this time that Monteverdi's name became widely known, due largely to the criticism levied at him by G.M. Artusi in his famous 1600 treatise "on the imperfection of modern music." Artusi found Monteverdi's contrapuntal unorthodoxies unacceptable and cited several excerpts from his madrigals as examples of modern musical decadence. In the response that appeared in the preface to Monteverdi's fifth book of madrigals, the composer coined a pair of terms inextricably tied to the diversity of musical taste that came to characterize the times. He referred to the older style of composition, in which the traditional rules of counterpoint superseded expressive considerations, as the prima prattica. The seconda prattica, as characterized by such works as Crudi Amarilli, sought to put music in the servitude of the text by whatever means necessary-including "incorrect" counterpoint-to vividly express the text.
In 1607, Monteverdi's first opera (and the oldest to grace modern stages with any frequency) L'Orfeo, was performed in Mantua. This was followed in 1608 by L'Arianna, which, despite its popularity at the time, no longer survives except in libretti, and in the title character's famous lament, a polyphonic arrangement of which appeared in his sixth book of madrigals (1614). Disagreements with the Gonzaga court led him to seek work elsewhere, and finally in 1612 he was appointed maestro di cappella at St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice.
His earliest years at Venice were a rebuilding period for the cappella, and it was some time before Monteverdi was free to accept commissions outside his duties at the cathedral. In 1616 he composed the ballet Tirsi i Clori for Ferdinand of Mantua, the more-favored brother of his deceased and disliked ex-employer. The following years saw some abandoned operatic ventures, the now-lost opera La finta pazza Licori, and the dramatic dialogue Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.
The 1630s were lean musical years for Monteverdi. Political battles and an outbreak of the plague left him without commissions from either Mantua or Venice. However, with the opening of Venetian opera houses in 1637, Monteverdi's operatic career was revived. A new production of L'Arianna was staged in 1640, and three new operas appeared within two years: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Le nozze d'Enea con Lavinia, and L'incoronazione di Poppea. This resurgence preceded his death by just a few years: he passed away in Venice in 1643. Read less
Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria / Pearlman, Boston Baroque
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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Savall, Concert des Nations
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Early Music - Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 1 / Longhini, Et Al
Release Date: 02/18/2003   Label: Naxos  
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Early Music - Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 2 / Longhini, Et Al
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Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 4 / Longhini, Delitiae Musicae
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Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 1. Deus in adjutorium meum intende
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 2. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 3. Psalmus 109: Dixit Dominus
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 4. Concerto: Nigra sum
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 5. Psalmus 112: Laudate, pueri, Dominum
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 6. Concerto: Pulchra es
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 7. Psalmus 121: Laetatus sum
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 8. Concerto: Duo Seraphim
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 9. Psalmus 126: Nisi Dominus
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 10. Concerto: Audi, coelum
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 11. Psalmus 147; Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 12. Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis'
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 13. Hymnus: Ave Maria stella
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 14. Magnificat: Magnificat
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 15. Magnificat: Et exultavit
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 16. Magnificat: Quia respexit
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 17. Magnificat: Quia fecit mihi magna
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 18. Magnificat: Et misericordia eius
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 19. Magnificat: Fecit Potentiam
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 20. Deposuit potentes
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 21. Esurientes implevit bonis
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 22. Suscepit Israel
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 23. Sicut locutus est
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 24. Gloria Patri
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine - Performing Edition by John Eliot Gardiner - 25. Sicut erat in principio
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Non havea Febo ancora'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Amor, dicea, il ciel'
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Prologo - Toccata
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Prologo - Ritornello-Dal mio Permesso amato
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 1 - "In questo lieto e fortunato giorno" - "Vieni, Imeneo" - "Muse, onor di Parnasso"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 1 - "Lasciate i monti" - "Ma tu, gentil cantor"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 1 - "Rosa del ciel" - "Io non dirò qual sia" - "Lasciate i monti" - "Vieni, Imeneo"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 1 - "Ma se il nostro gioir" - "Ecco Orfeo"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - Sinfonia-Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - Mira che sé n'alletta - Dunque fa degni, Orfeo
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - Ritornello-Vi ricorda o bosch'ombrosi
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - "Ahi, caso acerbo" - "In un fiorito prato"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - "Ahi, caso acerbo" - "Ma io, che in questa lingua"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 2 - "Chi ne consola, ahi lassi?" - "Ahi, caso acerbo"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 3 - Sinfonia - "Scorto da te, mio nume" - "Ecco l'atra palude" - "Dove, ah, dove te'n vai"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 3 - O tu ch'innanzi morte
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 3 - Possente spirto
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 3 - "Ben mi lusinga" - "Ahi, sventurato amante" - Sinfonia - "Ei dorme"
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 3 - Sinfonia-Nulla impresa per huom
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 4 - Signor, quel infelice - Benché severo - O degli abitator - Quali grazie ti rendo - Tue soavi parole
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 4 - Pietade, oggi, e amore - Ecco il gentil cantor
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 4 - Qual onor di te - O dolcissimi lumi - Rotto hai
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 4 - Ahi, vista troppo dolce - Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 4 - Sinfonia-É la virtite un raggio
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 5 - Ritornello-Questi i campi di Tracia
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 5 - Sinfonia-Perch'a lo sdegno ed al dolor
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 5 - Ritornello-Vanne Orfeo felice a pieno
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Act 5 - Moresca
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): E pure io torno (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Chi parla? (2 Soldati)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, deh, non partire! (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Speranza tu mi vai (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Mira, Poppea, dove il prato (Arnalta/Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Disprezzata regina (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ecco la sconsolata (Seneca/Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Se tu non dai soccorso (Valetto)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Seneca io miro in cielo infausti rai (Pallade/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Son risoluto alfine (Nerone/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Come dolci, Signor, come soavi (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A speranze sublimi il cor inalzà (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ad altri tocca in sorte (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Deh più non rifacciarmi (Poppea/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Otton, torna in te stesso (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur sempre con Poppea (Drusilla/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sento un certo non so che (Valetto/Damigella)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Solitudine amata (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sebeca assau m'incresce di trovarti (Liberto/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Amici è giunta l'hora (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Non morir, Seneca (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Itene tutti a prepararmi il bagno (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Nerone/Lucano)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Tu che dagli avi miei (Ottavia/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Felice cor mio (Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Io non so dov'io vada (Ottone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagiati, Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Dorme l'incauta, dorme (Amor)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Eccomi trasformato (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Forsennato, scellerato (Amor/Poppea/Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): O felice Drusilla o che sper'io (Drusilla/Arnalta/Littore)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, ecco la rea (Narnalta/Nerone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): No, no, questa sentenza (Ottone/Drusilla/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Addio, Roma, addio patria, amici, addio (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hoggi sarà Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A te, a te sovrana augusta (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur ti miro, pur ti stringo (Poppea/Nerone)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: Sinfonia
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: PROLOGUE, "Mortal cosa son io" (L'Umana Fragilità)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 1, "Di misera regina" (Penelope)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 2, "Duri e penosi" (Melanto)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 3, "Fermino i sibili" (Nereidi)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 5, "Superbo è l'uom" (Nettuno)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 6, "In questo basso mondo" (Feaci)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 7, "Dormo ancora o son desto?" (Ulisse)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT I, Scene 8, "Cara e lieta gioventù" (Minerva)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 1, "Donate un giorno, o dèi" (Penelope)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 2, "Oh, come mal si salva" (Eumete)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 3, "Pastor d'armenti può" (Iro)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 4, "Ulisse generoso" (Eumete)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 5, "Lieto, lieto cammino" (Telemaco)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT II, Scene 6, "Vanne pur tu veloce" (Telemaco)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT III, Scene 1, "Eurimaco, la donna" (Melanto)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT III, Scene 2, "Sono l'altre regine" (Antinoo)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT III, Scene 3, "Dame in amor" (Pisandro, Anfinomo e Antinoo)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT III, Scene 5, "Compagni, udiste" (Antinoo)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT III, Scene 6, "Perir non può" (Ulisse)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT IV, Scene 1, "Del mio lungo viaggio" (Telemaco)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT IV, Scene 2, "Sempre, villano Eumete" (Antinoo)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT IV, Scene 3, "Generosa regina" (Pisandro)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT IV, Scene 3, "Ecco l'arco d'Ulisse" (Penelope)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT IV, Scene 3, "Son vani, oscuri pregi" (Penelope)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 1, "Oh dolor, oh martir" (Iro)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 3, "E quai nuovi rumori" (Melanto)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 6, "Fiamma è l'ira" (Minerva)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 7, "Gran Giove, alma de' dèi" (Giunone)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 8, "Ericlea, che vuoi far?" (Ericlea)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 9, "Ogni vostra ragion" (Penelope)
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: ACT V, Scene 10, "Illustratevi, o Cieli" (Penelope)


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