Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi

Italian Composer + Gambist + Singer
Born May 15, 1567

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, gambist, and singer. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Claudio Monteverdi.


1567 Birth Born in 1567.


1582 15 Years Old 1 More Event
His first music was written for publication, including some motets and sacred madrigals, in 1582 and 1583.


1599 32 Years Old In 1599 Monteverdi married the court singer Claudia Cattaneo, who died in September 1607. … Read More
1605 38 Years Old The Fifth Book of Madrigals shows the shift from the late Renaissance style of music to the early Baroque. The Quinto Libro (Fifth Book), published in 1605, was at the heart of the controversy between Monteverdi and Giovanni Artusi. … Read More


1610 43 Years Old In 1610 he moved to Rome, arriving in secret, hoping to present his music to Pope Paul V. … Read More
1613 46 Years Old By 1613, he had moved to San Marco in Venice where, as conductor, he quickly restored the musical standard of both the choir and the instrumentalists. … Read More


1632 65 Years Old In 1632, he became a priest. … Read More
1636 69 Years Old …  Originally the work was to be dedicated to Ferdinand II, but because of his ill health, his son was made king in December 1636.
1638 71 Years Old When the work was first published in 1638 Monteverdi rededicated it to the new King Ferdinand III. … Read More
1643 76 Years Old Monteverdi died, aged 76, in Venice on 29 November 1643 and was buried at the church of the Frari. … Read More
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