THE MADRIGALS OF WILBYE

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  • THE MADRIGALS OF JOHN WILBYE
    • Wilbye wrote just 64 madrigals.
      • The 64 madrigals are contained in only 2 collections 1598 and 1609.
        • His works are of the finest quality and place him amongst the leading English madrigal composers.
          • Many of the poems are in madrigal verse and are translated from or inspired by Italian models.
          • the poems chosen by Wilbye are Italianate
          • Wilbye also resets a text, used by Ferrabosco in Yonge's Musica Transalpina
          • The poem which he resets is 'Lady your words do spite me'
          • He had a preference for sad and sombre moods and excelled at the serious type of madrigal influenced by the madrigal style of Ferrabosco.
          • Wilbye is better known for his lighter mood and was strongly influenced by Morley's light canzonet style which is clearly seen in his First Set of Madrigals (1598) and the relaxed canzonet style and repetition of the opening words and music. eg 'Flora gave me fairest flowers' and 'Lady, when I behold.'

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