Claudio Monteverdi

Amazing Late Renaissance/Early Baroque composer, Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi, died on this day the 29th of November, 1643.

Below is Monteverdi’s Magnificat:

Born in 1567, Monteverdi was one of the major transitional composers to span the Renaissance to the Baroque, and in doing so, composed some of the most beautiful music of his time. Here is Monteverdi’s “Lamento della Ninfa:”

L’Orfeo, favola in musica is one of the earliest Operas ever made, and in this brilliant work, we can hear the weaving of Renaissance polyphony with wonderful, new kinds of music – Baroque music. Based on the Greek tale of Orpheus, it is truly an amazing, unique, beautiful opera. The opening music is a tour de force:

 

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