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Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness: Gesualdo was an Italian composer who, because of mental illness, murdered his wife and her lover, and wrote music in the 16th century that was so progressive and extreme that no one attempted to recreate his style until the 20th century Three authorized copies of the work were distributed prior to This article needs additional citations for verification.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. There he was placed under the protection of his uncle, Alfonso d. Through the uneven phrases of the madrigals, the music pursued its course, never sticking to the same key for two bars together. Cast me not away from Thy presence: Tunc acceptabis sacrificium justitiae, oblationes, et holocausta: The best known fact of his life is his brutal and violent killing of his first wife and her aristocratic lover upon finding them in flagrante delicto.

Miserere Mei, Deus, motet for 6 voices, W. 7/92

Gesualdo’s family had acquired the principality of Venosa in what is now the Province of PotenzaSouthern Italy, in He was probably born on March 8,three years after his older brother Luigi. For I acknowledge my faults: InWerner Herzog directed the film Gesualdo: She spent more and more time away from the isolated estate.


The fascination for Gesualdo’s music has been fuelled by the sensational aspects of his biography. His most famous compositions are his six books of madrigals, published between andas well as his Tenebrae Responsoriawhich are very much like madrigals, except that they use texts from gesauldo Passiona form Tenebrae used by many other composers.

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The relationship between Gesualdo and his new wife was not good; she accused him gwsualdo abuse, and the Este family attempted to obtain a divorce. Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis: Asperges me hysopo, et mundabor: Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked: On the night of October 16,Gesualdo allegedly announced that he was going on a hunting expedition and it is rumored that he arranged with his servants to leave the doors unlocked.

The text is closely wedded to the music, with individual words being given maximum attention. Gesualdo was particularly fond of chromatic third relations, for instance juxtaposing the miseerere of A major and F majoror even C-sharp major and A minoras he does for example at the grsualdo of “Moro, lasso, al mio duolo”.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou that art the God of my health: Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus: With his considerable financial resources, he was able to hire singers and instrumentalists for his own pleasure. Views Read Edit View history.

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As in the later books of madrigals, he uses particularly sharp dissonance and shocking chromatic juxtapositions, especially in the parts highlighting text passages having to do with Christ’s suffering, or the guilt of St.


Older ones give the year of birth as c.

This section needs additional citations for verification. Gesualdo wrote many angry letters to Modena where she often went to stay with her brother. The Miserere is written for two choirs, one of five and one of four voices, and is an example of Renaissance polyphony.

Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: It wasn’t until centuries later that he was rediscovered, and his work is a huge inspiration to me.

In Gesualdo, that fantastic character out of a Webster melodrama, psychological disintegration had exaggerated, had pushed to the extreme limit, a tendency inherent in modal misersre opposed to fully tonal music. Gesualdo died in isolation, at his castle Gesualdo in Avellinothree weeks after the death of his son Emanuelehis first son by his marriage to Maria.

Retrieved 4 March After returning to his castle at Gesualdo from Ferrara inhe set up a situation similar to the one that existed in Ferrara, with a group of resident virtuoso musicians who would sing his own music.

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The burial plaque, however, remains visible. In the meantime, he engaged in more than two years of creative activity in the innovative environment of Ferrara, surrounded by some of the finest musicians in Italy.