Adrian Willaert

Flemish Died 17 Dec 1562

Although relatively under-appreciated today, Willaert was one of the most dynamic and influential composers of the mid-16th century.

Born in the Netherlands, he spent the majority of his career in Venice as Maestro di Cappella.

Little needs to be said about the subsequent musical history of Venice, featuring such figures as G. Gabrieli and Monteverdi, but it must be emphasized that this development started quite clearly with Willaert's arrival.

He wrote in nearly every genre of the time, from the motet to the madrigal, chanson, villanella, frottola and on to the instrumental ricercar.

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