Carlo Gesualdo By: Matt Schwartz

  • Born 30 March 1566 in Naples, Italy – Died 8 September 1613 in Campania, Italy
  • Lived in or close to Naples for most of his life, visited Florence many times for its new and interesting music before and during his first marriage
  • On October 16, 1590, Gesualdo caught his wife cheating on him and slit her throat before giving her new lover multiple gashed in his chest, he would later be named the "Prince of Darkness" for the murders and his dark mental state
  • He studied music at the academy founded by his father, Don Fabrizio of Gesualdo, where he heard the works of Giovanni Macaque, Bartolomeo Roy, and Pomponio Nenna. Nenna's madrigals, in particular, influenced Gesualdo's style
  • Gesualdo was a composer created songs like: Miserere, Se la mia Morte Brami, and Tristis est anima mea
  • Gesualdo's patrons were
  • It is clear that Gesualdo was and still is best known for his dark thoughts and the murder of his first wife and her lover
"First page of 'Tristis est anima mea' by Carlo Gesualdo"

The name of this piece is Tristis est anima mea and was made in 1566. You can see this piece performed at old theaters mainly in Italy. The most interesting thing about this piece is that it was influenced by the church even though Gesualdo wanted to make newer renaissance music instead. I found this piece interesting because I found it to have a very strong and powerful sound and melody to it. Carlo Gesualdo practiced chromaticism, which is a compositional technique interspersing the primary diatonic pitches and chords with other pitches of the chromatic scale.

Works Cited:

"Carlo Gesualdo - Italian Renaissance Composer, Prince, Lutenist and Murderer!" Carlo Gesualdo - Italian Renaissance Composer, Prince, Lutenist and Murderer! N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.

"Chromaticism." Chromaticism - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.

"Tristis Est Anima Mea (Lassus) - from CDA67887 - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless Downloads." Tristis Est Anima Mea (Lassus) - from CDA67887 - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless Downloads. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.

"Tristis Est Anima Mea." N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2016.

Caccese, Andrea, Jordan Smith, Cmuse, Angelica Frey, D. Grant Smith, and Tom Head. "Carlo Gesualdo: The." CMUSE. N.p., 07 Aug. 2015. Web. 5 Dec. 2016.

"Carlo Gesualdo." Study.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.

"Don Carlo Gesualdo." Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998. U.S. History in Context

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