Re: Gesuldo's "Ave, Dulcessima Maria" -HP Brass quintet by Andrew Koenig
Thanks for this, Andrew. I really like your use of brass. It captures the mood very nicely.
Gesualdo is a long-time favorite of mine. As time went on, his use of surprising harmonic changes became even more pronounced. There is a hint of that in this piece. "Belta, poi che t'assenti" is another example of this exaggerated harmonic sense. It's often referred to as "Mannerist". I did a jazz rendition of Belta with trumpet and sax once.
Gesualdo also had a rather "interesting" personal life...