Claudio Monterverdi

Renaissance Composer


  • Claudio was born in Cremona Italy on May 15, 1567
  • He spent most of his life, 21 years, servicing the Duke of Mantua in Italy
  • Monterverdi training was instructed by M.A. Ingegneri in Cremona
  • He lived a religious life-style, becoming a priest at a point, while also serving royalty Claudio's work pleased the upper class. The style of music he wrote was concertato
  • Morterverdi's works included Orfeo, Vespro della Beata Vergine, and versions of Salve Regina. He constructed church music, madrigals and operas throughout his life
  • He was a patron to the Vincenzo Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua
Claudio Monteverdi - Magnificat (complete)


  • This piece is Magnificat, part of the Vespro della Beata Vergine
  • It was created in 1610
  • This body of music is famous in Italy and throughout the world
  • Magnificat was significant due to its connection to religious beliefs
  • I find this piece interesting by the tone that is demonstrates to the listener
  • Secularism was present due to the influence of Christianity


Stevens, D. "Claudio Monteverdi." New Catholic Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Biography

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"Magnificat a 7 Voci (Claudio Monteverdi)." - ChoralWiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.