I had to select 'other' again, multiple choices not being allowed with radio buttons. Josquin is amazing, but I am basically attuned to instrumental music, afflicted with a love for the lute and the viola da gamba, and my guys aren't listed.
I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people don't like me anyway.
Caudio Monteverdi, by a mile (although some might argue he's Baroque). You have his magnificent madrigals, including this personal favorite:
And how could you not love this:
And then there's his great Vespers:
To say nothing of the fact that the man invented opera as we know it... and his L'Orfeo is still one of the finest:
After Monteverdi...? Carlo Gesualdo who achieves the most darkly expressive things with his surprising use of stretching the possibilities of tonality. Beside which... how many other Renaissance composers have actually been the subject of a Werner Herzog film?
Last edited by StlukesguildOhio; Aug-02-2011 at 07:02.
How come no Ockeghem? His Deo Gratis, as an example, is to die for (or to?).
Well, there are an awful lot of people you could mention and the list to choose from is pretty random but I guess that's because the rediscovery of this music is still an ongoing process so there's not really a readily acknowledged canon. Sure Josquin is generally regarded as king (though to the more old fashioned, from earlier in the revival days, that honour might belong to Palestrina) but after that its anybody's tea party really. The worst part is that Monteverdi will probably 'win' and he's most famous for turning away from the renaissance style and being one of the formative figures in the baroque. But hey, us Early Music fans rarely get a playpen like this to fool around in so I'm certainly not complaining.
This is less straightforward to me than the English composers poll. Dowland is still among my favorites, but then there's also Lassus, Gesualdo, and some instrumental guys I need to hear yet. Anyway, I chose "other."