Personalities | Philippe Verdelot | Renaissance | Classical
(Fe-lep’ Vâr-da-lo’) c. 1480s–1530s
Although French by birth and the composer of chansons and motets, Verdelot travelled to Italy early in his life, and is best known as one of the founders of the madrigal. He seems to have composed most, if not all, his madrigals in the 1520s, the genre’s first decade. Many of them are indistinguishable from frottolas with their simple, homophonic, four-voice texture. Some were composed for specific occasions and reflect the tenor of the times – three refer to the Sack of Rome in 1527.
English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals, Hilliard Ensemble (dir) Paul Hillier (Virgin/Erato)
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