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Chosen by: Anna Calvi

Gesualdo was an Italian composer who, because of mental illness, murdered his wife and her lover, and wrote music in the 16th century that was so progressive and extreme that no-one attempted to recreate his style until the 20th century. He wasn't revered in his lifetime, and after his death he was forgotten. It wasn’t until centuries later that he was rediscovered, and his work is a huge inspiration to me.

 
 
 
 
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