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Author: Joseph Knowles

SMA TAGS: The Implications of Set-Theory Analysis on the Music of Gesualdo

On the 19th April I will be presenting my paper The Implications of Set-Theory Analysis on the Music of Gesualdo at the Society for Music Analysis Graduate Student Conference in Keele. The abstract for the paper is below. Although the music of Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa (1566 – 1613) was conceived modally, many passages of his music depart from modal rules and others are conceived chromatically. Yet, one aspect that remains constant throughout his compositions is his use of interval structure. Composing using patterns of intervals originating in modal theory and the sixteenth-century understanding of ancient Greek music, Gesualdo…

Don Carlo Gesualdo

A Jargon Free Explanation of my PhD Research

Don Carlo Gesualdo was an Italian Prince in the Renaissance. He was born into one of the richest families in Naples and married the most beautiful woman in the south of Italy. Unlike most aristocrats of his day, he was a virtuoso musician and composed beautiful and expressive music, but there was also a darker side to his character. Catching his wife and her lover red-handed, he brutally murdered them both before fleeing to his hilltop castle. There, in the courtyard, he had his youngest son whose parentage he now doubted, rocked to death whilst a choir sang songs about…