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Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (Composer)

Born: 15th May 1567, Cremona

Died: 29th November 1643, Republic of Venice

Nationality: Italian

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, string player, choirmaster, and priest. 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 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 cappella 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.

Further Reading: Monteverdi

 Interview, Anna Lucia Richter on Il Delirio della Passione

The German soprano talks about her recent all-Monteverdi album with Luca Pianca and Ensemble Claudiana, and discusses the beginning of a new chapter in her vocal career.

 Interview, John Butt on Monteverdi's Vespers 1610

John Butt talks to David about his new recording of Monteverdi's majestic Vespers with the Dunedin Consort and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.

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