Personalities | Maddalena Casulana | Renaissance | Classical
(Mad’-da-lä-na Ca-sü-la’-na) c. 1540–90
Italian singer and composer
Casulana worked as a professional singer and composer in Venice and Milan. The first of several volumes of her madrigals appeared in 1568 – the earliest-known printed collection by a woman. In Casulana’s words, it aimed ‘to show the world ... the vain error of men that they alone possess intellectual gifts, and who appear to believe that the same gifts are not possible for women’.
English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals, Hilliard Ensemble (dir) Paul Hillier (Virgin/Erato)
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