Phillippe Verdelot

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Born: 1470; Verdelot, Les Loges, Seine-et-Marne, France   Died: circa 1551; Florence, Italy  
Philippe Verdelot was a crucial pioneer of the Italian madrigal, considered the most important composer in that genre before Jacques Arcadelt; in fact, he contributed work to the first-ever printed book of madrigals, in 1520. Although nothing is known of his early life, Verdelot probably spent the early part of it in Northern France, where he would have received his initial musical training. By the beginning of the sixteenth century, he had Read more apparently begun to establish himself as a musician in Italy. The manuscript sources of his music provide further clues about his movements during his credibility building phase, although the details remain unclear. The madrigals Torela mo vial and O singular dolcezza, in a Venetian manuscript of the 1520s, show that he probably spent some time in both Venice, as stated, and Bologna; a manuscript of the motet Beati qui habitant places him in Rome between 1510 - 1513 and again in 1520. One of his contemporaries wrote that, in 1511, Verdelot had his portrait painted by the artist Sebastiano del Piombo in Venice, a service that would not have been done for just anyone.

When he arrives in Florence in 1521, however, things become much more certain. He must have already had a hefty reputation by this time, for he was granted, almost upon arrival, both of the most prestigious musical appointments in the city. In 1522, he became maestro di cappella at the baptistery of S Maria del Fiore, a position he held until 1525. In 1523, he was also made maestro di cappella at the cathedral -- a position he kept until 1527. And when it rains, it pours: Verdelot was one of the three musicians chosen by Giulio de' Medici to be present at his papal coronation as Pope Clement VII in 1524; he had obviously worked deep inroads into the highest Florentine social, cultural, and political circles. Among the illuminati he mingled with there was Niccolo Machiavelli himself. A number of Verdelot's madrigals are settings of poems by the infamous author of The Prince, including the balata to his mistress Barbera Salutati. The two men may well have been friends.

During the warring republican period of Florence (1527 - 1530), Verdelot seems to have changed loyalties, siding against the papal and imperial forces who wanted to re-install the Medecis as the rulers of Florence. Although it's not certain if he was still in the city during the siege of 1529 - 1530, it is possible that he died in the attack, for all traces of his music disappear after 1530. The trail only reappears in 1552, when Ortenzio Landi writes of him posthumously: "Verdelot, the Frenchman, was singular in his time." Indeed, his contemporary reputation was as enormous as the details of his life are obscure. Until at least 1566, his madrigals continued to be reprinted and as late as 1567, theorist Guicciardini did Verdelot the great honor of setting his name beside those of Clemens non Papa and Josquin Desprez as the composers who had "restored music to its true perfection." Read less

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    Serenissima: Music From Renaissance Europe On Venetian Viols
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34149 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Costanzo Festa,  Isaac Albeniz,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Antonio De Cabezon: Obras De Musica
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 335 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Hernando de Cabezón,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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    Music From The Dow Partbooks: An Emerald In A Work Of Gold
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34115 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  Nicholas Strogers,  Robert Mallory,  Nathaniel Giles  ... 
    Performer:  Rory McCleery,  Gwendolen [Soprano Vocal] Martin,  Emma Walshe,  John Bryan
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Harry Our King: Music For King Henry Viii Tudor
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16292 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johannes Ockeghem,  King VIII Henry,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daniels
    Conductor:  Katharina Bauml
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    Orlando Furioso - Madrigali Sul Poema Di Ludovico Ariosto / La Compagnia Del Madrigale
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 363 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hoste da Reggio,  Orlando de Lassus,  William Byrd,  Giaches de Wert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Compagnia del Madrigale
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    Glosas - Embellished Renaissance Music / Parrilla, Andueza, More Hispano
    Label: Carpe Diem   Catalog: 16285 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raulin de Vaux,  Marchetto Cara,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Luis de Narváez  ... 
    Performer:  Raquel Andueza
    Conductor:  Vicente Parrilla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Hispano
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    Sacred Music In The Renaissance Vol 3 - Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  Nicolas Gombert,  John Browne,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Recorders Greate & Smale / Mezzaluna
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 907 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augustine Bassano,  Alfonso (II) Ferrabosco,  Luca Marenzio,  Giovanni Ferretti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mezzaluna
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    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20804 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartholomäus Hess,  Paul Kugelmann,  Francesco Corteccia,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    Music For Emperor Charles V
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20701 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Luis de Narváez,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    Henry's Music - Motets, Songs / Alamire, Lawrence-King, QuintEssential
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 705 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Fayrfax,  King VIII Henry,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Jacotin  ... 
    Performer:  Clare Wilkinson,  Andrew Lawrence-King
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
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    Verdelot: Madrigals For A Tudor King / Sayce, Alamire, Et Al
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 703 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot
    Performer:  Lynda Sayce
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alamire
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    Fagotto, Basson, Dulcian, Curtal? / Syntagma Amici
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 273 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adriano Banchieri,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Gioseffo Guami,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Performer:  Elsa Frank,  Denis Raisin-Dadre,  Francis Mercet
    Conductor:  Jérémie Papasergio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
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    A Gift For A King
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1221 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  Anonymous,  Jean Lhéritier,  Adrian Willaert  ... 
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdala
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    The King's Singers Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07063 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Paul McCartney,  John Lennon,  Walter Jurmann,  Werner Richard Heymann  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gerhardt,  Manuel Barrueco,  Nancy Hadden,  Goff Richards  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Consort of Musicke
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    Monte: Missa Ultimi Miei Sospiri, Etc; Verdelot / Cinquecento
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67658 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  Philippe de Monte
    Performer:  Tim Scott Whiteley,  Tore Tom Denys,  Ulfried [bass voice] Staber,  Terry Wey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Cinquecento
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    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32412 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Valentin Bakfark,  Claude de Sermisy,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Performer:  Istvan Györi
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    Da Vinci - Music From His Time
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Filippo de Lurano,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Long,  Josep Benet,  Philippe Cantor,  Dirk van Croonenborgh  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel,  Konrad Ruhland,  Michael Jaffee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble,  Munich Capella Antiqua,  Niederaltaich Scholars  ... 
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    Elizabeth I: Ruler And Legend
    Label: Forces Of Virtue Records   Catalog: 5637301018 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis
    Performer:  Forces of Virtue Ensemble
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    Piva - Renaissance Song / Duo Liveoak
    Label: Gyre Music   Catalog: 10032 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot,  Francesco Da Milano,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo LiveOak
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    The King's Singers Madrigal History Tour / Rooley, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85714 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Giaches de Wert,  Anonymous,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke,  King's Singers
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    Christmas With The Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 202 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Thomas Tallis,  Anonymous,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Christmas Carols And Motets / Phillips, Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hieronymus Praetorius,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Deborah Roberts,  Tim Wilson,  Richard Edgar-Wilson,  Simon Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Renaissance Faire / St Louis Brass Quintet
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 284 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Pierre Attaingnant,  Phillippe Verdelot,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Butters
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Brass Quintet
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    A Renaissance Songbook - Verdelot: Madrigal Book Of 1536
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 142 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Verdelot
    Performer:  Catherine King,  Robert [Bass Voice] MacDonald,  Charles Daniels,  Brian Shelley  ... 
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