Moro, lasso, al mio duolo

translated to mean “wearily, i die of agony”, this is the title of one of gesualdo’s madrigals, featured above in werner herzog’s “death for five voices” …herzog has said out of all of his films, this one is incredibly close to his heart.  one can see why, carlo gesualdo was a fascinating figure.  a man whose credits include nobleman, composer, chromatic engineer, lutenist—and of course, murderer.  carlo killed his wife (and also first cousin) donna maria d’avalos and her lover when he caught them “in flagrante delicto.” notwithstanding any of his passions or shortcomings, gesualdo was if nothing else, a magnificent composer of delightfully haunting tunes. by sv