Choral music by Claudio Monteverdi
Celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of the great Monteverdi in 2017. Discover Monteverdi's multi-faceted output in new Urtext editions from Carus!
Claudio Monteverdi worked in the service of the Gonzaga court in Mantua for twenty-two years, firstly as singer and viol player, and later as maestro di cappella. There he composed L’Orfeo in 1607, one of the earliest operas in the history of music, and his famous Vespers 1610. In 1613 Monteverdi became maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice. Over the next thirty years he composed numerous sacred choral works there, as well as his most extensive books of madrigals, and both his late operas, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea. Monteverdi’s works are now regarded as indisputed milestones of the musical turning point between the Renaissance and the Baroque.