Personalities | Carlo Gesualdo | Renaissance | Classical

(Kär’-lo Ja-zoo-al’-do) c. 1561–1613
Italian composer

Gesualdo may be more famous than he deserves to be. Everyone loves a good story and Gesualdo, who brutally murdered his wife and her lover, provides one of the most colourful and scandalous in all music history. A nobleman of minor rank, he found, strangely, that his marital history did not make him a bad match: his second wife was Leonora d’Este, sister of the duke of Ferrara. Gesualdo’s music, which makes extreme use of dissonance, is interesting for its own sake, but had little far-reaching influence.

Recommended Recording:
O dolorosa gioia: madrigali, Concerto Italiano (dir) Rinaldo Alessandrini (Opus 111)

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