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Carlo Gesualdo, known as Gesualdo da Venosa (?8 March 1560 – 8 September 1613), Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, was an Italian composer, lutenist, nobleman, and notorious murderer from the late Renaissance. He is famous for his intensely expressive madrigals, which use a chromatic language not heard again until the 19th century; and he is also famous for committing what are possibly the most famous murders in musical history, of his first wife and her lover.

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  • Avatar for Hallshaster
    I was painting my dill with a tube of lipstick when Gesualdo came on the local fm station. He is sooo good!
  • Avatar for pteronophobic
    I feel uncomfortable listening to this man's music, but there's no doubt he was a genius.
  • Avatar for Feois
    KILLER muzik.
  • Avatar for storytellingman
    Just stunning, this man's work.
  • Avatar for amscab
    I just came across a very interesting and well-written article on Gesualdo, which you may enjoy: To whet your appetite, a perhaps suprising quotation: "There is a very curious letter from the poet Guarini, in which he says he prefers Gesualdo to the modern style because he is ‘so far from the hardness of Monteverdi.’ For Guarini, Gesualdo is so nice, so easy! Exactly the opposite of what we now think." :-)
  • Avatar for HaHaHaYoureDead
    мой любимый композитор эпохи возрождения. вообще, вся т.н. "классическая" музыка вплоть до баха, хороша целиком и полностью. возможно, потому что она очень проста в самом высшем значении этого слова.
  • Avatar for AniRockAniMetal
    Śliczna są te jego madrygały.
  • Avatar for Bassquiat
    Free download masses, motets and other secular music of Guillaume Dufay (1397 - 1474), good quality:
  • Avatar for spathod
    "While he was infamous for his murders, he also remains famous for his music, which is among the most experimental and expressive of the Renaissance, and without question is the most wildly chromatic; progressions such as those written by Gesualdo did not appear again in music until the 19th century, and then in a context of tonality that prevents them from being directly comparable."
  • Avatar for ut0
    hi-res scans of paintings etc.

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