THE POPULARITY OF MADRIGALS 1580-1620

English madrigals were written with amateur groups in mind.

They were intended for less aristocratic audiences.

They were light and popular in intention.

HideShow resource information

English madrigal texts

Lyrics used by English madrigal composers were less poetic than their Italian models.

Sometimes the wotds were written by the composer.

Texts tended to be based on pastoral, ethical,religious issues.

eg May Day

nymphs and shepherds

Oriana

Amaryllis

rejected suitors.

1 of 5

EMOTIONS EXPRESSED IN MADRIGALS

light, cheerful

celebratory

solemn

mourning.

2 of 5

MADRIGAL FORMS

Simplicity of form

strophic- verse and refrain

through composed madrigals which are subdivided into a number of sections.

homophonic punctuation used to end sections.

use of repetition

3 of 5

WORD PAINTING

Vivid illustations of the text through the music----

word painting

using harmonic devices such as use of pedal, suspensdions, modulation, chromaticism, false relations, augmented chords.

rhythmic devices such as syncopation, hemiola, dotted rhythms, triplets, changes of metre

melodic devices

textural devices such as homophony, imitation, reduced scoring, pairing of voices/vocal groups.

Change of tonality major, minor, chromaticism.

4 of 5

Melodic lines

Melodies  were mainly constructed using risng and falling scales, repetition, augmentation and diminution

Chromaticism was used sparingly

5 of 5

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Music resources:

See all Music resources »See all English Secular Music 1580-1620 resources »