History classes as the one with the "bad boy" image -- a murderer obsessed with guilt and physical punishment among other things -- and the composer of madrigals with daring harmonies.
Itene o miei sospiri
Itene, o miei sospiri
Precipitate il volo a lei
Che m’è cagion d’aspri martiri.
Ditele per pietà
Del mio gran duolo
Ch’or mai ella mi sia
Come bella, ancor pia
Che l’amaro mio pianto
Cangerò lieto in amoroso canto.
My sighs, may you wing your way to her
who is causing me bitter torment - Itene.
For pity's sake, tell her of my great suffering.
If she will be as merciful
as she is beautiful,
I shall cease my bitter lament
and sing a love song.
One of the most obvious characteristics of Gesualdo's music is his unique text, which presents the specific emotion like "love", "pain", and “death". In this madrigal Itene o miei sospiri, he wrote " bitter", "torment", "lament", and “merciful". These kinds of words occur frequently in his text. From my point of view, most of which he probably wrote himself. Also, this type of word-painting is common among the late 16th century that highly developed by Gesualdo.
written triads can be found through the whole piece where the exceptional chords arise from colorful alterations. The relationships between counterpoint and chromaticism is Gesualdo's madrigal language. This madrigal also uses rapid changes in time signatures. These changes do not precede new sections, but seem to depict rapid tempo changes. The phrase reads: (I shall cease my bitter lament, and sing a love song) On the word he changes time signature from C to 3 changing back again to C two bars later.
Compare with Gesualdo's another madrigal "" from same book 5, they both have the similar text characteristic and rapid changes in time signatures. "Daring" chromatism and dissonance is obvious in both two madrigals. While there is not many unexpected chords appear on Sounds like there are more unison characters than
I chose Gesualdo's madrigal because of his unique text that reflects himself interested me most. What's more, his new harmony is made up of an unpredictable tendency to chromaticism, and the use of prepared and unprepared dissonances. Those harmonic surprises are made horribly impressive. It is feverish, intense, and totally Italian.
“ Gesualdo_ Itene o miei sospiri (score)
“Gesualdo Se non miro me moro. Marianne Stokes