Composer. He is regarded as the most important of the early creators of madrigals (partsongs). Like many Flemish musicians of his time, Rore spent most of his life in Italy and his music skillfully blended the styles of the two cultures. The bulk of his 125 madrigals were published in 10 collections from 1542 and 1566 and appeared in foreign editions for decades afterwards. Lassus, Palestrina, and Monteverdi were all influenced by him. Rore was probably born in Ronse, Flanders (now Renaix, Belgium). Of his early years nothing is known with certainty, but by 1542 he was living in Brescia, Italy, where his first compositions were printed. He was choir master of Ferrara from 1547 to 1559 and music director for the court of Parma from 1560 to 1563. After an unsuccessful stint as choir master at St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Rore returned to Parma in 1564 and died there beween September 11 and September 20 the following year. His other surviving works include 80 motets, eight Masses and Magnificats, some secular songs and a setting of the St. John Passion. Today Rore's madrigals are staples in the repertory of Early Music ensembles.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards