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
EMOTIONS EXPRESSED IN MADRIGALS
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
Vivid illustations of the text through the music----
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
textural devices such as homophony, imitation, reduced scoring, pairing of voices/vocal groups.
Change of tonality major, minor, chromaticism.
Melodies were mainly constructed using risng and falling scales, repetition, augmentation and diminution
Chromaticism was used sparingly