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Luca Marenzio

1553 - 1599

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Luca Marenzio (also Marentio; October 18, 1553 or 1554 – August 22, 1599) was an Italian composer and singer of the late Renaissance. He was one of the most renowned composers of madrigals, and wrote some of the most famous examples of the form in its late stage of development, prior to its early Baroque transformation by Monteverdi. In all, Marenzio wrote around 500 madrigals, ranging from the lightest to the most serious styles, packed with word-painting, chromaticism, and other characteristics of the late madrigal style. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luca Marenzio has received more than 93,883 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Luca Marenzio is the 328th most popular composer (down from 298th in 2019), the 1,356th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,270th in 2019) and the 67th most popular Italian Composer.

Luca Marenzio is most famous for his madrigals, which he wrote in a style that was more popular and accessible than the more complex polyphonic music of his contemporaries.

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Among composers, Luca Marenzio ranks 328 out of 1,216Before him are Sergei Taneyev, Vincent d'Indy, François-Adrien Boieldieu, Antonio Lotti, Pierre De Geyter, and Johann Joseph Fux. After him are Henri Dutilleux, Giovanni Bononcini, Francesco Durante, Ignaz Moscheles, Heinrich Isaac, and Samuel Scheidt.

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Among people born in 1553, Luca Marenzio ranks 7Before him are Henry IV of France, Margaret of Valois, Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, Archduke Ernest of Austria, Louise of Lorraine, and Patriarch Filaret of Moscow. After him are Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma, Prospero Alpini, Nicolò Contarini, Vitsentzos Kornaros, and John Florio. Among people deceased in 1599, Luca Marenzio ranks 4Before him are Beatrice Cenci, Gabrielle d'Estrées, and Edmund Spenser. After him are Maeda Toshiie, Andrew Báthory, Eknath, Archduchess Catherine Renata of Austria, Chōsokabe Motochika, Cornelis de Houtman, Simone Peterzano, and Francisco Guerrero.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Luca Marenzio ranks 1,356 out of 4,668Before him are Antonio Lotti (1667), Zucchero Fornaciari (1955), Jacopo de' Barbari (1460), Baldassare Longhena (1596), Vittorino da Feltre (1378), and Peter II of Sicily (1305). After him are Agostino Casaroli (1914), Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1870), Beppe Grillo (1948), Lella Lombardi (1941), Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (340), and Quintus Fabius Pictor (-254).

Among COMPOSERS In Italy

Among composers born in Italy, Luca Marenzio ranks 67Before him are Andrea Luchesi (1741), Giovanni Bottesini (1821), Leonardo Leo (1694), Pietro Della Valle (1586), Franco Alfano (1875), and Antonio Lotti (1667). After him are Giovanni Bononcini (1670), Francesco Durante (1684), Francesco Cilea (1866), Francesco Gasparini (1668), Alfredo Catalani (1854), and Domenico Zipoli (1688).