Carlo Gesualdo

1566 - 1613

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Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (c. 30 March 1566 – 8 September 1613) was Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza. As a composer he is known for writing madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century. He is also known for killing his first wife and her aristocratic lover upon finding them in flagrante delicto. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlo Gesualdo has received more than 655,191 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Carlo Gesualdo is the 99th most popular composer, the 425th most popular biography from Italy (down from 412th 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 99 out of 1,228Before him are Jacopo Peri, Arvo Pärt, Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Mily Balakirev, and Luigi Cherubini. After him are Guillaume Du Fay, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Paul Hindemith, and Benjamin Britten.

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

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Carlo Gesualdo ranks 425 out of 4,088Before him are Philolaus (-470), Pope Zosimus (400), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Aloysius Gonzaga (1568), Luigi Cherubini (1760), and Pietro Badoglio (1871). After him are Cassiodorus (487), Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (-300), Pope Sixtus III (390), Pope Conon (630), Camillo Golgi (1843), and Pope Nicholas IV (1227).

Among COMPOSERS In Italy

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