Monteverdi “Lettera Amorosa”. 400 years after publishing of The Seventh Book of Madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi

  • Hortus Musicus , artistic director Andres Mustonen
    Maria Valdmaa (soprano)
    Jaanika Kuusik (soprano)
    Design Riina Andresen
    Choreography by Madli Teller
  • SA Eesti Kontsert


In the autumn of 2019, 400 years have passed from the release of the Seventh Book of Madrigals “Libro VII” by Monteverdi. It was in this collection that Monteverdi finally abandoned the classical five-part form of the madrigal, and the collection features the brightest examples of his new modern style. Four centuries later, we are fascinated by the beauty and virtuosity of Monteverdi’s melodies, the rich color and the dramatic nature of his harmony, and the emotional tension of madrigals. They are no longer just songs the larger ones are as small opera scenes which served as examples for opera composers for several decades to come.