Definition of madrigal in English:


Syllabification: mad·ri·gal
Pronunciation: /ˈmadriɡəl


A part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically arranged in elaborate counterpoint and without instrumental accompaniment. Originally used of a genre of 14th-century Italian songs, the term now usually refers to English or Italian songs of the late 16th and early 17th c., in a free style strongly influenced by the text.
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  • Whether in strophic arias, simple canzonettas or elaborate madrigals, Kiehr's singing is effortlessly lush and nicely emotionally understated.
  • The music was drawn from his two most recent recitals recorded for Decca, a compilation of early-seventeenth-century English song and Italian madrigals and familiar folk songs from the British Isles.
  • The Turin tablatures contain a similar range of music notated in new German keyboard tablature rather than staff notation, including transcriptions of motets and madrigals as well as idiomatic keyboard music.


from Italian madrigale (from medieval Latin carmen matricale 'simple song'), from matricalis 'maternal or primitive', from matrix 'womb'.



Pronunciation: /ˌmadriˈɡālēən/
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  • Much of its music is in the ‘speech-song’ of the stile rappresentativo (as the title has it, ‘per recitar cantando’), but there are also madrigalian, strophic, and dance-like songs and simple, effective choruses.
  • The opening track, Dopo la vittoria, begins in sprightly madrigalian form, entirely appropriate to a commission from the City of Milan.
  • It is really the chorus that is centre stage (even when it is off stage), and the teeming Covent Garden forces had an overwhelming madrigalian splendour.


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  • His works for viol consort include sets of fantasias and stylized dances that show the influence of Italian madrigalists such as Monteverdi, with their expressive dissonances and melodic leaps.
  • The composer uses techniques favoured by 16th century Italian madrigalists particularly those of Monteverdi and Gesualdo.
  • Rubbra is justly associated with symphonic music and a pure, distinctive style of choral writing that owes so much to his study of and deep affection for the polyphonic style of Elizabethan madrigalists.

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