Personalities | Philippe de Monte | Renaissance | Classical
(Fe-lep’ da Mon’-ta) 1521–1603
In his early years Monte travelled in Italy and, although his maturity was spent at the Habsburg court, he became one of the most prolific composers of Italian madrigals, publishing more than 1,100 of them. His career lasted for over 50 years, making him a good measure of changing tastes in madrigal composition. In particular, he responded to the rise of pastoralism in the 1570s and the related move towards themed madrigal volumes: his last book of madrigals is devoted entirely to texts from Guarini’s Il pastor fido.
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