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Carlo Gesualdo

An Italian composer of motets (settings for sacred texts) and madrigals (settings for secular texts). As Ernst Krenek once said, "If Gesualdo had been taken seriously in his time as he is now, music history would have taken an entirely different course." From the amazing works of Gesualdo's contemporary Lassus, back to the strange smoking songs of Johannes Symonis and Solage in the 1300s (Ars Magis Subtiliter, Ensemble PAN, New Albion Records NA 021), extreme chromaticism has always been around, and perhaps it's more realistic to view it as a means of expression for some of our more unusual experiences. But the austere, graceful, often slowly developing and surprisingly changing interior feeling of Gesualdo's work exerts the unnameable fascination of an unknown world. Gesualdo's music and bizarre life are still being admired and debated. Even Igor Stravinsky became a Gesualdo fan and wrote a Monumentum pro Gesualdo. ~ Blue Gene Tyranny
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My first Gesualdo was the ECM release of Tenebrae. He must have been a deeply spiritual being.
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he committed a crime in the name of passion
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He seemed to emerge from the musical shadows when I was in college in the late sixties. I believe the haunting harmonies I first enjoyed were on a Nonesuch recording. If my memory is accurate, what I heard was a beautiful experimentat i o n with dissonance and sublime harmony from a period in musical history which you wouldn’t expect such deviation from notational rules. He’s just as haunting and ethereal as I remember. Glad to come across him again. Brings back great memories.
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seawild
Wow. Thanks Pandora.
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No, Jenny, I love him as well. So bittersweet, so sad, so achingly beautiful.
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boromir781
I discovered Gesualdo because of Pandora and he has quickly become one of my favorite composers.
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I have some of his keyboard music that I downloaded off the internet and that I play every once in a while on the piano. His music is very complex compared to his fellow composers of the Renaissance.
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bkutney
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / D e a t h _ f o r _ F i v e _ V o i c e s
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No, you have company :-)
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Gesualdo is a rather interesting character, if I do say so myself! Am I his only fan?

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