Italian Late Renaissance composer Don Carlo Gesualdo (c. 1560-1613), prince of Venosa and nephew of Cardinal (Saint) Charles Borromeo, is remembered not only for his great compositional skills but also for ordering the murder of his adulterous wife and her lover. Beginning in a rather conservative fashion, his later works were chromatic and sensual, evoking comparisons to Wagner, whom he preceded by over 200 years.
Biographical material, links, and directory of MP3 audio files from Classic Cat.
Wikipedia article with short biography noting selected works, internal references, and external links.
Find A Grave entry with summary of life and works, birth and death information, portrait, picture of church where buried and of the Castle Gesualdo, and interactive memorial.
Filmography noting movies using his works plus biography from the Internet Movie Database.
Biography dealing with his wife's adultery, his killing of her and her lover, a plunge into insanity, and eventual, graphic death from Musicalics. Includes portrait.
Entry at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with list of vocal works linked to lyrics, including some English translations.
Brief biographical sketch, summaries of sacred and secular vocal works, and Naxos discography.
Biography and music files offered in MIDI format.
Biography extolling the power of his music and the shame and sorrow of his personal life with bibliography and notes. By Rocco Brancati, reprinted by MusicWeb.
Biographical data, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
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