Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) — 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, and singer.
Monteverdi’s work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition: the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque. Enjoying fame in his lifetime, he wrote one of the earliest operas, L’Orfeo, which is still regularly performed.
«Missa in illo tempore : Crucifixus à 4»
Performed : Bach Collegium Japan
Dir : Masaaki Suzuki
Image : stained glass window – detail of head of Christ, Scopwick Church, Lincolnshire, England