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28 October, 2012
(1567 - 1643)
||Born 15 May, in Cremona, northern Italy, the son of a chemist|
||After musical training at the cathedral school in Cremona, publishes his first compositions, a set of sacred madrigals|
||Joins the court orchestra of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, in nearby Mantua|
||Marries a court singer, Claudia de Cattaneis|
||Appointed musical director to Duke Gonzaga|
||Production of his first important opera, Orfeo His wife dies, after which he suffers a nervous breakdown|
||After the death of Duke Gonzaga, he leaves the Mantuan court|
||Appointed director of music at St. Mark's, Venice|
||Takes holy orders after surviving a serious outbreak of the plague in Venice|
||Dies 29 November, in Venice|