Carlo Gesualdo

1566 - 1613

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Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (between 8 March 1566 and 30 March 1566 – 8 September 1613) was an Italian nobleman and composer. Though both the Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, he is better known for writing madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlo Gesualdo has received more than 800,700 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Carlo Gesualdo is the 108th most popular composer (down from 94th in 2019), the 539th most popular biography from Italy (down from 415th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Italian Composer.

Carlo Gesualdo was a 17th century Italian composer who is most famous for murdering his wife and her lover, and then committing suicide.

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Among composers, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 108 out of 1,451Before him are Francis Poulenc, Zoltán Kodály, Adolphe Adam, Paul Hindemith, Heinrich Schütz, and Manuel de Falla. After him are Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giulio Caccini, Joaquín Rodrigo, Mily Balakirev, Arthur Honegger, and Gregorio Allegri.

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Among people born in 1566, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 4Before him are Mehmed III, Sigismund III Vasa, and James VI and I. After him are Isabella Clara Eugenia, Giambattista Basile, Abraham Bloemaert, Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, Sendivogius, Giovanni Baglione, Jan Jesenius, and Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1613, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 1After him are Sigismund Báthory, Mateo Alemán, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Ivan Susanin, Anton Praetorius, Cigoli, Gabriel Báthory, Salima Sultan Begum, Giovanni Artusi, Johann Bauhin, and Hypatius Pociej.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 539 out of 5,161Before him are Pope John III (520), Pope John XIV (1000), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Piero di Cosimo de' Medici (1416), Gianni Rodari (1920), and Giulio Andreotti (1919). After him are Peter Lombard (1096), Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154), Scipio Aemilianus (-185), Pope Eutychian (300), Caterina Sforza (1463), and Filippino Lippi (1457).

Among COMPOSERS In Italy

Among composers born in Italy, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 22Before him are Nino Rota (1911), Luigi Cherubini (1760), Luigi Boccherini (1743), Pietro Mascagni (1863), Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857), and Jacopo Peri (1561). After him are Giulio Caccini (1551), Gregorio Allegri (1582), Muzio Clementi (1752), Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583), Domenico Cimarosa (1749), and Giovanni Gabrieli (1557).