Michelangelo's Sonnet - Z. Randall Stroope


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (more commonly known as “Michelangelo”) was born on March 6, 1475, (17 years before Columbus landed in America), to a very modest family in Caprese, Italy in the Republic of Florence. His artistic output, even by today's standards, was staggering. Before he was 30, he had already created his two most famous sculptures - the Pietý and David. His large painting on ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is considered one of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art. As an architect, he finished the dome in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. If that was not enough, he penned over 300 sonnets and madrigals, and was equally well-known in his day for his literary output as much as his other artistic endeavors. His contemporaries often called him “The divine one,” because his work in any one of the four disciplines (let alone, all four) - sculpture, painting, architecture and writing - was considered almost humanly impossible. To this day, nearly 500 years later, no one has approached this level of output.

 Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. His composition teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French teacher (and student of Gabriel Fauré). He is the artistic director of two European summer music festivals, has conducted music for mass at the Vatican on numerous occasions, as well as annually conducting at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and many other U.S. and international venues. He has 180 published works and has received numerous composition awards. Recordings of his music can be heard on his web site (www.zrstroope.com), or other social media sites.


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Catalog: AMP1104
Publisher: Alliance
Composer: Z. Randall Stroope

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