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Late Renaissance Italian composer Marc'Antonio Ingegneri was born in Verona in about 1535 or 1536. His early life is shrouded in mystery, but he could have studied in Parma with Cipriano de Rore and in Verona with Vincenzo Ruffo. In about 1570 he moved to Cremona and became known there as a string player and a composer.
Ingegneri was maestro di cappella at Cremona Cathedral from 1581 for the rest his life, which ended in Cremona on 1 July 1592. Whilst at Cremona he famously taught Claudio Monteverdi, and Ingegneri's book of Responsoria was previously misattributed to Palestrina.
He was closely connected to the Catholic church, and most of his sacred music displays the simplicity and clarity of text required of the Council of Trent and the Catholic Revival. His output includes two books of Mass settings (1573 and 1587), three or more books of motets and eight books of madrigals. Some of his music has been lost.
CD Spotlight. An Unmissable Issue - Gerald Fenech explores the music of Marc'Antonio Ingegneri. 'The repetition of phrases in the musical exchange between the two choirs becomes almost hypnotic for the listener, and one feels totally engrossed in the Eucharistic mystery.'