Pomponio Nenna

(c.1550 - c.1615)

Italian composer His name first appears in an anthology of 1574, but all we know of his life is that he served Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, at Naples in 1594-9, and that he had moved to Rome by 1608, having received the Order of the Golden Spur from the Pope in 1603. He wrote two books of Responsories (for Christmas and Holy Week) and nine books of madrigals, printed mostly in Naples, which mark him as the most brilliant of the 'southern' Italian madrigalists. It is possible that Gesualdo studied with him; certainly Nenna reveals a most individual and chromatic vein in his sacred music and his later madrigals.

A Partial Pomponio Nenna Discography | IVD: Social Music In Italy | IVO: Sacred Music in the Italian Cinquecentooutside Venice and Rome