A Morose Musical About a Composer’s Fear of Retribution
Haunted by past sins, and fearful of damnation Carlo Gesualdo, the Prince of Venosa writes songs of redemption and salvation. He is a talented, rich, and reverent man yet on the streets of 1591 Italy he is met with fear, and loathing from both the common and noble man. He escapes their words by retreating into his memory, of happy times with the woman who was once his wife, the beautiful Donna Maria. Back and forth he lets his mind stray from pleasant memories to the dark present day. He honors God in music as a plea, to be forgiven for the murder of his wife, her lover, and her baby (Whom he killed out of doubt of paternity.) He receives no formal punishment for his crime. His social standing served him well, now he is left with the fear of a vengeful God, and the threat of hell.
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