Music: The Mad Madrigalist

Young Don Carlo, third Prince of Venosa, eighth Count of Consa, 15th Lord of Gesualdo, etc., etc., was content with the carefree luxury that befell his lot as a second son. He rarely went home to his small and dull town of Venosa, instead lived in nearby Naples, gathered the finest Renaissance musicians and poets around him, and himself became famed as a lutanist and singer. Of an evening, he would put to sea with one of his poet friends, and spend the night improvising songs and madrigals. He might have sung away his...

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