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Italian Renaissance: Honors

This guide is designed to help students enrolled in the honors section of the Italian Renaissance with RoseAnna Mueller, Ph.D. - Fall 2020


Monteverdi, Claudio Giovanni Antonio (1567–1643), Italian composer, the most important figure in the transition from Renaissance to Baroque music. 

The following provides an overview of the life and work of Monteverdi and his continued influence on music. 

Here’s a snippet of one of his hit tunes:

Here’s another example of how modern-day musicians recreate Monteverdi’s music:


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):