Luca Marenzio (1553-1599)

An important Italian madrigalist.  His writing demonstrates the work of a progressive composer who made many innovations in chordal relationships and expressive chromaticism.  He was considered one of the three great virtuoso Madrigalists of the late 16th century.  The other two being Gesualdo and Monteverdi.

Marenzio was more somber and reserved. Gesualdo was more emotional and passionate, while Monteverdi was somewhere between the two.

(see The Italian Madrigal)