Claudio MonteverdiBorn 5 May 1567. Died 29 November 1643
Claudio Monteverdi Biography (Wikipedia)
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi ( (listen); 15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, string player and choirmaster. A composer of both secular and sacred music, and a pioneer in the development of opera, he is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods of music history.
Born in Cremona, where he undertook his first musical studies and compositions, Monteverdi developed his career first at the court of Mantua (c. 1590–1613) and then until his death in the Republic of Venice where he was maestro di capella at the basilica of San Marco. His surviving letters give insight into the life of a professional musician in Italy of the period, including problems of income, patronage and politics.
Much of Monteverdi's output, including many stage works, has been lost. His surviving music includes nine books of madrigals, large-scale sacred works such as his Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers) of 1610, and three complete operas. His opera L'Orfeo (1607) is the earliest of the genre still widely performed; towards the end of his life he wrote works for the commercial theatre in Venice, including Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea.
- Monteverdihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0529vp2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0529vp2.jpg2017-05-19T12:00:00.000ZDonald Macleod traces Monteverdi's rise from relatively humble origins in Cremonahttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p053d1y4
- 'How sweet is the torment': cruelly beautiful Monteverdihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p052jxq4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p052jxq4.jpg2017-05-10T16:22:00.000ZTenor Nicholas Mulroy sings a yearning Monteverdi madrigal with Toby Carr on theorbo, live on In Tune.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p052jxfm
'How sweet is the torment': cruelly beautiful Monteverdi
- Watch: Dame Emma Kirkby's choice for River of Musichttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04d7rkt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04d7rkt.jpg2016-10-30T14:48:00.000ZSoprano Emma Kirkby sings the praises of Monteverdi's "exquisite" Ave Maris Stella.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04d7rl1
Watch: Dame Emma Kirkby's choice for River of Music
- The Monteverdi String Band play music by their namesake live on In Tunehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03t1mgx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03t1mgx.jpg2016-05-04T12:00:00.000ZThe Monteverdi String Band play Claudio Monteverdi's madrigal 'Ah! dolente partita!' livehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03t1nfg
The Monteverdi String Band play music by their namesake live on In Tune
- Claudio Monteverdihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020x399.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020x399.jpg2014-06-13T09:28:00.000ZDonald Macleod follows Monteverdi's road to stardom at the court of Mantua.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020x3gq
- Claudio Monteverdihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020wy3h.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020wy3h.jpg2014-06-13T09:08:00.000ZDonald Macleod visits Venice to explore the life and works of Monteverdi.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020wy83
- Monteverdi to Rossini - Italian Operahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020n4tx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p020n4tx.jpg2014-06-09T16:03:00.000ZDonald Macleod on two centuries and more of Italian opera.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p020n4vj
Monteverdi to Rossini - Italian Opera
- Claudio Monteverdihttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zmy8j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zmy8j.jpg2014-05-23T12:00:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores the life and music of Claudio Monteverdihttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zmy28
Claudio Monteverdi Tracks