21 Jun 2015

Claudio Monteverdi - Barocking the Renaissance

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 21 June 2015

Bernardo Strozzi Claudio Monteverdi cMonteverdi’s work combines the styles of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. He wrote some works in the style of Palestrina, but also moved music forward, taking up the bass-driven music of the Baroque.

The critic Artusi used a madrigal by Monteverdi as an example to highlight the ‘crudities’ and ‘license’ being taken in modern music. As Michael Stewart comments:

“Artusi was not only aiming at Monteverdi but railing against the way music seemed to be heading, a reactionary tendency that is by no means limited to the early seventeenth century!”

Image: Portrait of Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi