The main structures and structural devices used in madrigals

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Through-composed madrigals-

  •  exhibit little or no reference of musical ideas.
  • They generally use new music for each stanza or line of text, the composer deveoped musical ideas at the dictate of the meaning of the text.
  • commonly repeat the final section but interchange voice parts of equal compass and range
  • 'April is in my Mistress' Face by Morley and Wilbye's  'Draw on Sweet Night'  are fine examples of through-composed madrigals.

Strophic form madrigals in which-

  • 2 or more verses are set to the same music
  • they often include a fa-la-la refrain
  • there are 2 clear sections in each verse-AB
  • each section is repeated so the from becomes…


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