Luca Marenzio

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Born: 1553-10-18 (Coccaglio, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy) Born October 18, 1553 or 1554,
Died: 1599-08-22 (Rome, Italy)

Italian composer. While a chorister at Brescia cathedral he studied with Giovanni Contino. For nine years from 1578 he served Cardinal Luigi d'Este in Rome as musician and later choirmaster, making contacts at the Cardinal's brother's court in Ferrara. He was in Florence in 1588-9 and contributed to the music for the intermedi performed at a celebrated court wedding of 1589. In 1594 he came under Cardinal Aldobrandini's wing and met the poets Tasso and Guarini; the following year the Cardinal arranged his appointment to the King of Poland, at whose court in Warsaw he worked in 1596-8. By the time of his death a year later he was back in Rome as a Papal court musician.

Marenzio was the greatest of those Italian composers whose fame rests entirely on their madrigals; his output includes no fewer than 500 such pieces and 80 villanellas, not to mention a small quantity of sacred music. The Rome in which he spent so much of his life was a thriving centre of amateur madrigal singing, which provided a ready market for the steady flow of madrigal books that he published from 1580 onwards. From the outset he showed complete fluency and mastery in setting light pastoral verse to music that combines an intimate response to the words with deft counterpoint and pleasantly varied rhythms and textures. Later Marenzio came to favor more serious, even morbid, texts and to write in a style that was at once austere and intense, making full use of dissonant and chromatic harmonies and yet hardly departing from a chaste, even flow. The majority of his madrigals are for five voices, with many for six and rather fewer for four; in the larger textures he increasingly uses the top two as equal high voices in an almost 'concerted' manner. Marenzio's madrigals made an immediate impact in England, and enormously influenced the English madrigalists; some were issued in Yonge's Musica Transalpina of 1588.
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14 045 APM Luca Marenzio - 6 Madrigals / 6 Madrigals album art Luca Marenzio / Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa* - Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Rudolf Lamy Luca Marenzio / Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa* - Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Rudolf Lamy - 6 Madrigals / 6 Madrigals Archiv Produktion 14 045 APM Germany 1955 Sell This Version
WLE 105 Luca Marenzio - Madrigals On Texts From "Il Pastor Fido" album art The Golden Age Singers*, Monteverdi*, Marenzio*, Guarini* The Golden Age Singers*, Monteverdi*, Marenzio*, Guarini* - Madrigals On Texts From "Il Pastor Fido" Westminster WLE 105 US 1955 Sell This Version
JA 19004 Luca Marenzio - Missa Brevis / Madrigali album art Palestrina*, Marenzio*, Le Quatuor Double, Yves Courville Palestrina*, Marenzio*, Le Quatuor Double, Yves Courville - Missa Brevis / Madrigali Janus JA 19004 US 1965 Sell This Version
BCA 7013 Luca Marenzio - La Polifonia Profana Nel Rinascimento. Madrigali, Frottole, Canzonette (Antologia Sonora Della Musica Italiana - 5, Dal Canto Ambrosiano A Vivaldi, A Cura di Riccardo Allorto) album art I Madrigalisti Di Venezia, Renato Fait, Josquin D'Ascanio*, Michele Pesenti, Gioseffo Caimo, Roland de Lassus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Luca Marenzio, Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa*, Claudio Monteverdi I Madrigalisti Di Venezia, Renato Fait, Josquin D'Ascanio*, Michele Pesenti, Gioseffo Caimo, Roland de Lassus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Luca Marenzio, Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa*, Claudio Monteverdi - La Polifonia Profana Nel Rinascimento. Madrigali, Frottole, Canzonette (Antologia Sonora Della Musica Italiana - 5, Dal Canto Ambrosiano A Vivaldi, A Cura di Riccardo Allorto)(LP, Album) Carisch BCA 7013 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
9112 0587 Luca Marenzio - Madrigaly / The Madrigals album art Pražskí Madrigalisti*, Miroslav Venhoda - Luca Marenzio / Gesualdo Da Venosa* Pražskí Madrigalisti*, Miroslav Venhoda - Luca Marenzio / Gesualdo Da Venosa* - Madrigaly / The Madrigals (Album) Opus 9112 0587 Czechoslovakia 1979 Sell This Version
ST-ECE 01606 Luca Marenzio - Madrigale album art Luca MarenzioGesualdo di Venosa* - Corul de cameră «Cappella Transylvanica», Cluj-Napoca , Dirijor: Dorin Pop Luca MarenzioGesualdo di Venosa* - Corul de cameră «Cappella Transylvanica», Cluj-Napoca , Dirijor: Dorin Pop - Madrigale(LP) Electrecord ST-ECE 01606 Romania 1980 Sell This Version
HM 1065 Luca Marenzio - Madrigaux à 5 Et 6 Voix album art Luca Marenzio, Concerto Vocale Luca Marenzio, Concerto Vocale - Madrigaux à 5 Et 6 Voix (Album) Harmonia Mundi France HM 1065 France 1982 Sell This Version
UEA 82126 Luca Marenzio - Madrigals album art Luca Marenzio / The Hilliard Ensemble Luca Marenzio / The Hilliard Ensemble - Madrigals(LP, Album) UEA Recordings UEA 82126 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DS-38086 Luca Marenzio - Miserere album art Gregorio Allegri, Giovanni Bernardino Nanino, Luca Marenzio, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Vincenzo Ugolini, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury Gregorio Allegri, Giovanni Bernardino Nanino, Luca Marenzio, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Vincenzo Ugolini, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury - Miserere (Album) His Master's Voice DS-38086 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
HM 901281 Luca Marenzio - Barca Di Venetia Per Padova album art Banchieri*Marenzio*Ensemble Clément Janequin Banchieri*Marenzio*Ensemble Clément Janequin - Barca Di Venetia Per Padova(CD, Album) Harmonia Mundi France HM 901281 France 1990 Sell This Version
DOR-90154 Luca Marenzio - The Mannerist Revolution Vocal Works album art Gesualdo*Monteverdi*Wert*Marenzio* - Pomerium Musices*, Alexander Blachly Gesualdo*Monteverdi*Wert*Marenzio* - Pomerium Musices*, Alexander Blachly - The Mannerist Revolution Vocal Works(CD) Dorian Recordings DOR-90154 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
OPS 2-117 Luca Marenzio - Madrigali A Quatro Voci (Libro Primo 1585) album art Marenzio*, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano Marenzio*, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Madrigali A Quatro Voci (Libro Primo 1585) (Album) Opus 111 OPS 2-117 France 1994 Sell This Version
070992 Luca Marenzio - Baci Soavi e Cari album art Luca Marenzio, The Consort Of Musicke Luca Marenzio, The Consort Of Musicke - Baci Soavi e Cari(CD, Album) Columns Musica Oscura 070992 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TC 551302 Luca Marenzio - Motectorum Pro Festis Totius Anni (1585) Parte Seconda - Mottetti 23-42 album art Luca Marenzio Motectorum Pro Festis Totius Anni (1585) Parte Seconda - Mottetti 23-42 Tactus TC 551302 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
TT 551303 Luca Marenzio - Mottetti A Due E Tre Cori album art Luca Marenzio Mottetti A Due E Tre Cori(CD) Tactus TT 551303 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
CS46C Luca Marenzio - Sonanza Infinita / Cantica Italiana album art Francesco Valdambrini, Vincenzo Ruffo, Claudio Merulo, Luca Marenzio Francesco Valdambrini, Vincenzo Ruffo, Claudio Merulo, Luca Marenzio - Sonanza Infinita / Cantica Italiana(CD) Sipario Dischi CS46C Italy 1998 Sell This Version
GCD 920906 Luca Marenzio - Il Nono Libro De Madrigali, 1599 album art Luca Marenzio - La Venexiana Luca Marenzio - La Venexiana - Il Nono Libro De Madrigali, 1599 (Album) Glossa GCD 920906 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
EUFODA 1313 Luca Marenzio - Cantiones Sacrae album art Luca Marenzio, Erik Van Nevel, Currende Luca Marenzio, Erik Van Nevel, Currende - Cantiones Sacrae(CD) Eufoda EUFODA 1313 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
OP 30245 Luca Marenzio - Madrigali album art Marenzio* ; Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini Marenzio* ; Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini - Madrigali(CD, Album) Opus 111, Naïve OP 30245 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
STR 33642 Luca Marenzio - Madrigali Spirituali album art Luca Marenzio - Gli Erranti* / Alessandro Casari Luca Marenzio - Gli Erranti* / Alessandro Casari - Madrigali Spirituali(CD, Album) Dulcimer (2) STR 33642 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
COR16047 Luca Marenzio - Music From The Sistine Chapel album art Allegri*, Anerio*, Palestrina*, Marenzio*, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers Allegri*, Anerio*, Palestrina*, Marenzio*, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers - Music From The Sistine Chapel(CD, Album) CORO (2) COR16047 UK 2007 Sell This Version
0300121BC Luca Marenzio - Années De Pèlerinage album art Franz Liszt, Gesualdo*, Marenzio* - Ragna Schirmer, Amarcord Franz Liszt, Gesualdo*, Marenzio* - Ragna Schirmer, Amarcord - Années De Pèlerinage(3xCD, Album) Berlin Classics, Edel:Kultur 0300121BC Germany 2011 Sell This Version
GCD 922802 Luca Marenzio - Primo Libro Di Madrigali album art Luca Marenzio - La Compagnia Del Madrigale Luca Marenzio - La Compagnia Del Madrigale - Primo Libro Di Madrigali(CD, Album) Glossa GCD 922802 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
LMM-1 Luca Marenzio - Madrigals Vol. 1 (Marenzio's Madrigals For 4 And 5 Voices & Villanelle, Arranged For Guitar) album art Noël Akchoté, Luca Marenzio Noël Akchoté, Luca Marenzio - Madrigals Vol. 1 (Marenzio's Madrigals For 4 And 5 Voices & Villanelle, Arranged For Guitar)(26xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Noël Akchoté Downloads LMM-1 France 2014
GCD 922804 Luca Marenzio - Quinto Libro Di Madrigali album art Luca Marenzio - La Compagnia Del Madrigale Luca Marenzio - La Compagnia Del Madrigale - Quinto Libro Di Madrigali(CD, Album) Glossa GCD 922804 Spain 2015 Sell This Version