Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi ((1567-1643) showed the way for other composers leaving Medieval style behind. His madrigals went from four balanced parts to soprano-exalted with basso continuo. In opera, he made his greatest contribution: Montiverdi was the first to specify what instruments were to be used. He began this with his first opera, Orpheus. Before his time, this wasn't necessary, but that changed when he began writing for 40 instruments.
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Classic Cat: Monteverdi
Directory of mp3s on the internet that have been made available by their performing artists.
Classical Archives - Claudio Monteverdi
Biography and works offered in MIDI.
Classical Net - Basic Repertoire List: Monteverdi
Representative works with discography.
Biographical listing with others from the Baroque Period with portrait and RA audio files. From the Internet Public Library's Music History 102.
Wikipedia article positing him as a major transitional character between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Includes portrait, summary of works, discography, internal references, and links.
Find A Grave listing with biographical material, portrait, pictures of his grave in Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (also the burial site of Antonio Canova and Titian), and interactive memorial.
Filmography showing cinematic and televised use of his works and productions of his operas from the Internet Movie Database.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Listing at the Lied and Art Song Texts Page with links to Italian texts, most with English translations.
Claudio Monteverdi: The First Truly Great Composer
Brief biography, key works, timeline, quotes, recommended recordings, and additional resources and links.
Milestones of the Millennium: Claudio Monteverdi
Brief article from NPR.
Brief biographical note.
Monteverdi, Claudio (1567 - 1643), Italy
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays.
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