Notes and Editorial Reviews
Johannes Kapsberger (also published as: Giovanni Girolamo or Giovanni Geronimo Kapsperger), (c. 1580 – 17 January 1651)
Kapsberger’s "I Pastori di Bettelemme" ("Shepherds of Bethlehem") was published in 1630, when the sacred dialogue madrigal enjoyed high popularity in Rome. The text by Giulio Rospigliosi, Rome’s most distinguished poet at the time, is set by the composer in a varied sequence of monodic recitatives and homophonic choral pieces, with close attention to the content and structure of the language. The genre of the sacred dialogue madrigal is considered to be the forerunner of the Baroque oratorio.