Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
How to say the name:
‘Monteverdi’ is said like Mont-e-ver-dee. ‘Claudio’ is said like ‘Claw-dee-o’.
In Cremona, Italy, probably in early May 1567 (he was baptised on the 15th May).
Monteverdi’ grave in Venice
29th November 1643 in Venice, Italy.
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (or just the Church of Frari) in Venice.
Type of Music:
Some great pieces:
- Vespero Della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin). (See below for a video.)
- La Favola d’Orfeo (The Legend of Orpheus)—an opera.
- L’Arianna (Ariadne)—an opera.
- Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to His Country)—an opera.
- L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)—an opera. (See below for a video.)
- Several madrigals (songs for a small choir).
Some interesting facts:
Dixit Dominus from Moteverdi’s Vespero Della Beata Vergine
And here is the love duet Pur ti miro (I gaze at you) from Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea). You can’t see the orchestra, but it will be underneath and in front of the stage.
Pur ti miro from Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea
- Claudio Monteverdi. This is a painting by Bernardo Strozzi from 1640, held in the Gallerie dall’Accademia in Venice (1640). The image is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
- Monteverdi’s grave in Venice. This photograph was taken by Eman Bonnici. I have obtained permission from Eman to use the image here. Click here for the source of this image.
- Vespro Della Beata Vergine – Claudio Monteverdi – ( 1 ). Vespro Della Beata Vergine – Claudio Monteverdi ( 1610 )-
Basilica di San Marco, Venice
1989 – Live Recording
The Monteverdi Choir
The London Oratory Junior Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner.
- Pur ti miro – Monteverdi – L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Directed by René Jacobs 1993. Patricia Schumann…Poppea. Richard Croft……Nerone.