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Giaches de Wert

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Giaches de Wert (1535 – May 6, 1596) was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance, active in Italy. Intimately connected with the progressive musical center of Ferrara, he was one of the leaders in developing the style of the late Renaissance madrigal. He was one of the most influential of late sixteenth-century madrigal composers, particularly on Claudio Monteverdi, and his later music was formative on the development of music of the early Baroque era.

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* 1 Life
* 2 Music and influence

o 2.1 Secular music
o 2.2 Sacred music
* 3 Works
o 3.1 Secular music: madrigals, canzonette
o 3.2 Sacred music
* 4 Notes
* 5 References
* 6 Recording
* 7 External links

Life

Campanile of Santa Barbara, at the Ducal Palace in Mantua: Wert was choir director here from 1565 until 1592.

Next to nothing is known about his early life, except that he was from Flanders, from either the vicinity of Ghent or Weert, which is near Antwerp. As a boy he went to Avellina in southern Italy, near Naples, where he became a choir boy in the chapel of Maria di Cardona, Marchesa of Padulla. Maria was the wife of Francesco d’Este, Marchese di Massalombarda, a captain under Charles V; Francesco was a son of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia, and her husband Alfonso I d’Este). Francesco was often in France and adjacent areas on military campaigns, and as an adjunct to these adventures he brought musically talented youths back to Italy with him. Wert’s association with the Este family was to endure through most of his life.[1][2]

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