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Claudio Monteverdi,born in 1567 in Cremona, he worked for the court of Mantua first as a singer and violist, then as music director. He worked at the court of Vincenzo I of Gonzaga in Mantua as a vocalist and viol player.In 1602, he was working as the court conductor. By 1613, he had moved to San Marco in Venice as conductor, The managers of the basilica were relieved to have such a distinguished musician in charge, as the music had been declining since the death of Giovanni Croce in 1609. In 1632, he became a priest. During the last years of his life, when he was often ill, he composed his two last masterpieces: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses, 1641), and the historic opera L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea, 1642). L'incoronazione especially is considered a culminating point of Monteverdi's work. Monteverdi died, aged 76, in Venice on 29 November 1643 and was buried at the church of the Frari.
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