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Monte, Philippe de (1521-1603)  

Philippe de Monte

born: 1521
died: 4 July 1607
country: Flanders

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Philippe de Monte was one of the most extraordinarily prolific composers of the Renaissance, perhaps of all time. Certainly in the madrigal genre he outstripped all competition, with no fewer than thirty-four books published between 1554 and his death in 1603, containing over a thousand individual pieces. While his sacred output is less voluminous, it is nonetheless impressive, with thirty-eight Mass settings, approximately 250 motets, and 144 madrigali spirituali.

Born in 1521, Monte appears to have been a choirboy at the church of St Rombout in Mechelen. He worked in Italy for several periods, including a spell as music tutor to the Pinelli banking family in Naples. In the 1550s he was associated with the chapel of Philip II of Spain, visiting England in that capacity for the wedding of Philip to Mary Tudor; his meeting with William Byrd on that occasion probably led to an exchange of eight-part motets between the two composers, bemoaning the fate of Catholics in England (Monte: Super flumina Babylonis; Byrd: Quomodo cantabimus). But it is for his thirty-five-year tenure of the post of Kapellmeister at the Austrian Habsburg court that Monte is best known. Employed by Emperor Maximilian II in 1567, he remained in Habsburg service for the rest of his life, depite a change of emperor (Rudolf II ascended the throne in 1576) and his own requests from 1578 onwards for permission to retire. His work is described in Grove’s Dictionary as ‘unfold[ing] in unhurried, sometimes quite melismatic lines, [with] little evidence of post-Tridentine concerns about textual clarity’.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2008

Albums
'Monte: Missa Ultimi miei sospiri & other sacred music' (CDA67658)
Monte: Missa Ultimi miei sospiri & other sacred music
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99Buy by post £10.50 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £7.85ALAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £7.85 CDA67658  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Amorosi pensieri' (CDA68053)
Amorosi pensieri
CDA68053  June 2014 Release  
'Schoendorff: The Complete Works' (CDA67854)
Schoendorff: The Complete Works
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99Buy by post £10.50 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 88.2 kHz £10.50ALAC 24-bit 88.2 kHz £10.50 CDA67854  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Complete works available for download
Ad te levavi Cinquecento
Amorosi pensieri Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Anima dolorosa Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Asperges me, Domine Cinquecento
Con che soavità Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Fratres, ego enim accepi Cinquecento
Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum Cinquecento
La dolce vista della donna mia Cinquecento
Magnificat quarti toni Cinquecento
Magnificat sexti toni Cinquecento
Miserere mei, Deus Cinquecento
Missa Ultimi miei sospiri Cinquecento
Ne timeas, Maria Cinquecento
O dolci sguardi Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Ombra son io Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Que me servent mes vers Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Sortez regretz Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Susanne un jour Cinquecento   June 2014 Release
Usquequo Domine oblivisceris me? Cinquecento
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ad te levavi (Monte)
Amorosi pensieri (Monte)
Anima dolorosa (Monte)
Asperges me, Domine (Monte)
Con che soavità (Monte)
Fratres, ego enim accepi (Monte)
Gaudent in caelis animae Sanctorum (Monte)
La dolce vista della donna mia (Monte)
Magnificat quarti toni (Monte)
Magnificat sexti toni (Monte)
Miserere mei, Deus (Monte)
Missa Ultimi miei sospiri (Monte)
Ne timeas, Maria (Monte)
O dolci sguardi (Monte)
Ombra son io (Monte)
Que me servent mes vers (Monte)
Sortez regretz (Monte)
Susanne un jour (Monte)
Usquequo Domine oblivisceris me? (Monte)
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