The Madrigal

The Madrigal

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This study traces the history of the madrigal, chiefly in Italy but also in England and elsewhere in Northern Europe. Emphasizing the musical response of composers to the words of madrigal poetry, the book touches also on the literary background to the genre. The original version of "The Madrigal" was published in 1972, since when much detailed research has suggested new perspectives and insights. Madrigals are much more widely known, furthermore, in both scholarly and performing editions, and through recordings, concerts and broadcasts. In the process, several important but formerly neglected madrigal composers have come newly into focus. This new edition of "The Madrigal" aims to take account of all these developments, while remaining an introduction to the repertoire.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 215mm | 271g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 75 music examples, bibliography, index
  • 0193131307
  • 9780193131309

Table of contents

The Madrigal - distinctions and beginnings; the early Italian Madrigalists; seriousness and mastery; Andrea Gabrieli and a new generation; late maturity - 1580 to 1605; the lighter forms - the spiritual Madrigal; the Madrigal north of the Alps; the Madrigal in England; the Italian Madrigal after 1600 - decline or transformation.
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