‘Carlo Gesualdo: Composer Or Crazed Psychopath?’ (What Do You Mean, ‘Or’?)

“He’s the Italian composer-prince who murdered his wife and her lover, was into wild bouts of self-flagellation, and who at the end of the 16th century wrote some of the most chromatic vocal music ever conceived in self-pitying lamentation for his human condition. That’s the myth, at least …”