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Claudio Monteverdi
(1567 - 1643)

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1567 Born 15 May, in Cremona, northern Italy, the son of a chemist
1583 After musical training at the cathedral school in Cremona, publishes his first compositions, a set of sacred madrigals
1589 Joins the court orchestra of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, in nearby Mantua
1599 Marries a court singer, Claudia de Cattaneis
1601 Appointed musical director to Duke Gonzaga
1607 Production of his first important opera, Orfeo His wife dies, after which he suffers a nervous breakdown
1612 After the death of Duke Gonzaga, he leaves the Mantuan court
1613 Appointed director of music at St. Mark's, Venice
1630 Takes holy orders after surviving a serious outbreak of the plague in Venice
1643 Dies 29 November, in Venice
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