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This article describes what life was like for Monteverdi and professional musicians.
Here’s a snippet of one of his hit tunes:
Here’s another example of how modern-day musicians recreate Monteverdi’s music:
In 1607 Monteverdi’s first musical drama, Orfeo, was produced. This opera, which surpassed all previous attempts at musical drama, was possibly the most important development in the history of opera and established it as a serious form of musical and dramatic expression.
From 1614–38, Monteverdi began moving away from the Renaissance ideal of equal-voiced polyphony.
Instead of the something similar tothe above example, Monteverdi began favoring anothernewer style which emphasized melody, bass line, and harmonic support as well as personal, or dramatic, declamation.
Here’s Monteverdi's most famous example of a composition that features a ‘grounded bass’ (which means the bass line keeps repeating the same phrase throughout the work):