Monteverdi's English Pupil: the Life and Music of Walter Porter (c.1587–1659)

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Prof. Jo Wainwright

Walter Porter was one of a small number of English composers from the first half of the seventeenth century who embraced “progressive” Italianate methods of composition. He is further worthy of mention in histories of music for two reasons: he was the composer of the last book of English madrigals and was the self-styled pupil of Claudio Monteverdi. His works survive primarily in two printed collections: Madrigales and Ayres (1632) and Mottets of Two Voyces (1657) and, following a biographical introduction, both publications will be examined in an attempt to assess the claim that Porter was a friend and pupil of Monteverdi’s. The printing and publishing background to the Mottets will also be examined and the implications for editors will be described.

Location: I/D003