Carlo Gesualdo

Musique (Carlo Gesualdo)

  • Naissance
    8th mars 1566
  • Mort
    8th septembre 1613
  • Lieu de naissance
    Coimbra, Portugal

Carlo Gesualdo, known as Gesualdo di Venosa or Gesualdo da Venosa, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian nobleman, lutenist, composer, and murderer. As a composer of the late Renaissance, he is remembered for writing intensely expressive madrigals and sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century. The murders he committed are the most notorious carried out by any musician. The evidence that Gesualdo was tortured by guilt for the remainder of his life is considerable, and he may have given expression to it in his music. One of the most obvious characteristics of his music is the extravagant text setting of words representing extremes of emotion: "love", "pain", "death", "ecstasy", "agony" and other similar words occur frequently in his madrigal texts, most of which he probably wrote himself. While this type of word-painting is common among madrigalists of the late 16th century, it reached an extreme development in Gesualdo's music.

Titre Forme Instrument Votes
Omnes amici mei Motet Solo voice(s)
O vos omnes Sacred Mass Choir