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Madrigal, in music, secular composition for two or more voices, introduced in Italy in the 14th century and revived in a different form during the 16th century, at which time it also became popular with English, French, German, and Spanish composers. The word madrigal is thought to have been derived from mandriali (a short pastoral poem) or from matricale (a rustic song or poem in the mother tongue), or perhaps madriale (a hymn to the Virgin Mary).

The 14th-century Italian madrigal was a poetic and musical form. The poem was usually of two or three stanzas, each one three lines long, followed by a refrain of two rhyming lines. The music was usually for two voices or parts, sometimes for three, and the melody for the stanzas differed from the melody for the refrain. Amorous subjects predominated. Madrigals of the early stage were composed in a homophonic musical style (a predominant melody with a subordinate accompaniment) and were generally intended for four voices. Voice parts, however, were occasionally played by or doubled by instruments. Outstanding composers of madrigals in this stage were the Dutch Jakob Arcadelt and the Flemish Philippe Verdelot.

Madrigals of the middle stage were typically polyphonic (two or more independent voice parts), more expressive, and often musically imitative or descriptive of the sounds of nature and people. Composers began to prefer thick textures of five- and six-voice parts to textures of three- and four-voice parts. The Flemish Adrian Willaert, Philippe de Monte, and Orlando di Lasso excelled as composers of madrigals in this middle stage.

Madrigals of the late stage often used bold harmonic progressions and chromaticism (the use of large numbers of tones outside those of the prevailing key or mode) to produce intensely dramatic or emotional effects. They also made greater use of the solo voice, frequently in a virtuoso way (with a show of technical mastery). Major composers of madrigals in this late stage were the Italians Luca Marenzio, Don Carlo Gesualdo, and Claudio Monteverdi.

The Italian madrigal form was most successfully imitated by the English. The texts were taken from popular poets of the day, and the subjects reflected the English environment, the country home and English rural life. William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Thomas Tomkins, John Wilbye, Thomas Weelkes, and Orlando Gibbons are among the most outstanding English composers of madrigals.

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Ensemble Amarcord : Book of Madrigalsnew

Review: The secular repertory of the Renaissance seems made to order for the five singers of amarcord. In the incomparable setting of the Villa Godi in northern Italy, the group recorded some of the bestknown and most beautiful madrigals of the 16th century, creating a bridge to the present day. Fiery declarations of love and the deep pain of parting, erotic innuendoes and bawdy humor in the interpretations of this prizewinning ensemble, the texts always seem contemporary and relevant. The members of amarcord are accompanied by the exceptional instrumentalists Hille Perl (viola da gamba) and Lee Santana (theorbo), as well as the virtuoso percussionist Michael Metzler.

Songlist: Come away, come, sweet love, Chi la gagliarda, Rallegratevi meco, Ben qui si mostra il ciel, Vagh' amorosi, Cucu, cucu, cucucu , Tarantella del Gargani, Toutes les nuitz, Io tacero - In van dunque, Quand je bois du vin clairet, Lucia, celu, La tricotea, Oh ecco il Capitano, Anchor ch'al parturire, Une puce j'ay dedans l'oreille, Cosi morir debb'io, Come again, sweet love doth now invite, Vecchie letrose, Triste depart, Dura legge d'amor - E so come in un puntor, Im Mayen hort man die Hanan krayen, Scaramella va alla guerra

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7888dvd | DVD | $23.95 |


Alamire : Madrigals For A Tudor King - Verdelot

Review: Philippe Verdelot was the most important composer of Italian madrigals in the early 16th century and recognized as the greatest innovator of the genre. A Frenchman, he occupied several important musical posts in Italy, including the Florentine posts of maestro di cappella at the Baptistry of S. Maria del Fiore and the great Duomo itself. In the mid 1520s, during his time in Florence, a set of part-books were assembled, probably under Verdelot's supervision, for the court of Henry VIII. Most, if not all, of the works were composed by Verdelot. This is the first recording of the complete madrigals in the collection, which stands not only as the most exceptional of diplomatic musical gifts but is also an important source for the history of the early madrigal.

Songlist: Italia mia bench' el parlar', Con l'angelico riso, Quanto sia lieto il girono, Lasso, che se creduto, O dolce nocte, Madonna qual certeca, Afflicti spirti mei, Dentr' al mio cor', Quando nascesti, Amore?, Piove da li occhi, Pur troppo, donna, I vostri acuti dardi, Chi non fa prove, amore, Leit' e madonna et io pur, Con lacrim' et sospir' negando porge, Donna, se fera stella, Ognun si duol' d'amore, Altro non e el mio amor', Madonna io v'amo e taccio, Si suave e l'inghanno, Se ben' li occhi, Cortese alma gentile, Quanta doleca amore, Donna che sete fra le donne belle, La bella donna, Deh, quant' e dolc' amor, Donna leggiadr' et bella, Madonna, per voi ardo, Amor, io sento l'alma, Ultimi mei sospiri

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9012c | 1 CD | $17.95 | A Cappella || Early Music CDs


Cambridge Singers : Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers

Review: The sixteenth-century madrigal was an Italian form. The term 'madrigal' was loosely applied to a wide variety of music, but generally denoted a polyphonic setting for four or more voices of an amorous or pastoral text which was closely depicted in the music. Thomas Morely transplanted the form into England in the 1590s; this marked the beginning of the brief but brilliant flowering of the English madrigal. Between the 1590s and the early 1620s, twenty composers published a total of 36 books of madrigals, after which the form virtually disappeared. Some of these composers, such as Morely and Weelkes, followed the Italian model closely; others, such as Byrd and Gibbons, mostly stayed with the simpler English form of the consort song, where the tune remains in one voice, word-painting is not used, and strophic form is preferred to the continuous structure of the madrigal proper. Among the twenty-one items selected for this recording there are examples of several types of piece, ranging from true Italianate madrigals such as Too much I once lamented, via more popular 'balletts' such as Fyer, fyer!, to the simple part-songs like A little pretty bonny lass. The variety, imagination, and inspired blending of poetry and music characteristic of the best of the 'English Madrigal School' afford a particular kind of delight in performance, shared equally by singer and listener.

Songlist: Hark, all ye lovely saints above , Though Amaryllis dance in green, Round about in a fair ring , Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers , Flora gave me fairest flowers , Sweet Suffolk owl , As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending , Lullabye , This sweet and merry month of May , Now is the month of maying , A little pretty bonny lass , Fyer, fyer! , Too much I once lamented , My bonny lass she smileth , Ha ha! This world doth pass , Quick, quick, away, dispatch! , Dainty fine bird , Come again! Sweet love doth now invite , Mother, I Will have a husband , Draw on, sweet night , Sleep, fleshly birth, Weep, weep, mine eyes , Death hath deprived me , The silver swan , Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

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6976c | 1 CD | $11.98 | A Cappella || English Choral CDs


Cambridge Singers : Old English Madrigals & Folk Songs

Review: Fa la la, a cornucopia of your favorite Madrigals! John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers sing English madrigals and folk songs. As entertainment for public occasions and a relief from boredom, the English madrigal comes in a wide variety of styles from dramatic to silly. This recording includes lighter pieces such as "Now is the Month of Maying" and "My Bonnie Lass She Smileth" by Thomas Morley, the somber "Silver Swan" by Orlando Gibbons and the comical "Fair Phyllis" by John Farmer. In addition, the program includes folk song arrangements by Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughn Williams. A classic recording.

Songlist: Come Away, Sweet Love , Weep, O Mine Eyes , Fair Phyllis I Saw , Now Is the Month of Maying , Fairwell, Dear Love , April Is In My Mistress' Face , Draw On, Sweet Night , Sing We At Pleasure , My Bonny Lass She Smileth , The Silver Swan , Mother, I Will Have A Husband , Dainty Fine Bird , As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending , I Love My Love , My Sweetheart's Like Venus , Bushes and Briars, The Turtle Dove , The Three Ravens, Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron, O Waly, Waly, Greensleeves

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6803c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Ensemble Amarcord : Book of Madrigals

Review: A musical journey to sixteenth-century Europe with secular vocal music of the Renaissance! The vocal ensemble amarcord brilliantly interprets the music of this epoch in its newest production "The Book of Madrigals" (RK ap 10106). With this CD, the young ensemble presents Renaissance music and madrigals by European composers such as John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Ludwig Senfl, Adriano Banchieri, Orlando de Lasso, and Josquin des Prez. Cipriano de Rore's "Anchor che col partire" - one of the most popular madrigals of its time, and in arrangements and adaptations still an "evergreen" over a century later - is also masterfully sung here. With the release of "The Book of Madrigals," amarcord has added another impressive CD to its discography.

Songlist: Now Is The Month of Maying, Bonjour Et Puis Quelles Nouvells?, Bonjour Mon Coeur, Come Away Come Sweet Love, Anchor Che Col Partire, Ach Elslein, Liebes Elselein, Remember Me My Dear, Since Robin Hood, Strike It Up, Tabor, Vecchie Letrose, Innsbruck, ich Muss Dich Lassen, I Love, Alas I Love Thee, Il Est Bel Et Bon , Come Again Sweet Love Doth Now Invite, Mein Gmuth Ist Mir Verwirret, Weep, O Mine Eyes, Pastyme With Good Companye, Contrappunto Bestiale Alla Mente

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9860c | 1 CD | $16.95 || German Choral Music


Esoterics : Immaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal

Review: The Esoterics' fifth CD, IMMAGINOSA features premieres by William Hawley and Stephen Paulus and other pieces that represent springtime song cycles on love and life. Recorded after the IMMAGINOSA concert series in May 2004, this CD features several of The Esoterics' favorite cycles. Ross Lee Finney's Spherical madrigals resonates with the exploration and creativity of the Age of Reason, and Irving Fine's artful cycle of six Ben Jonson poems - The hour glass - traverses the evolution of love during the human lifetime. The second half of IMMAGINOSA will either put spring in your step or send you off into blissful dreams. First, revel in recordings of two premiere performances: Four reveries by New York composer William Hawley, followed by a spring madrigal, Now is the gentle season, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus. Next, enjoy two contrasting settings of Emily Dickinson by Elliott Carter - Heart not so heavy as mine and Musicians wrestle everywhere. Finally, immerse yourself in two cycles of spectacular strophes by Sara Teasdale: The winds of May by San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, and Donald Skirvin's Alchemy, which was commissioned by The Esoterics.

Songlist: O know to end as to begin- The hour-glass (1949), Have you seen the white lily grow? - The hour-glass (1949), O do not wanton with those eyes - The hour-glass (1949), Against jealousy - The hour-glass (1949), Lament - The hour-glass (1949), The hour-glass - The hour-glass (1949), Echo - Four reveries (1995), Remembrance - Four reveries (1995), My river runs to thee - Four reveries (1995), Meeting at night - Four reveries (1995), Heart not so heavy as mine (1938), Now is the gentle season (1978), Love is a circle - Spherical Madrigals (1947), When again all these rare perfections meet - Spherical Madrigals (1947) , All-circling point - Spherical Madrigals (1947), His body was an orb - Spherical Madrigals (1947), On a round ball - Spherical Madrigals (1947), Nor doe I doubt - Spherical Madrigals (1947), See how the Earth - Spherical Madrigals (1947), Musicians wrestle everywhere (1945), The tune - The winds of May (1965), Let it be forgotten - The winds of May (1965), Over the roofs - The winds of May (1965), I shall not care - The winds of May (1965), Song - The winds of May (1965), Living gold - Alchemy (2002), Cups of fire - Alchemy (2002) , Jewelled blaze - Alchemy (2002), O Beauty - Alchemy (2002)

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6015c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella |


Fortuna Ensemble : Italian Madrigals of Giovan Tomaso Lambertini

Review: The Italian madrigals are some of the most exquisite vocal works ever written. This is the music found in Giovan Tomaso Lambertini's first book of madrigals. They are fifteen stanzas by Messer Bernado Tasso composed in 1544, during the poets period of residence in northern Europe with the patronage of the prince of Salerno. While other composers set some of the stanzas to music, Giovan adorned all fifteen of them with music and completed the works in his first book with six poetic works by the composer himself. It was published in 1560, the same year as some of Bernado's most important works. Experience this beautiful music for four voices created by various groupings of the Fortuna Ensemble, conducted by Roberto Cascio.

Songlist: Se ben di sette ardenti'e belle, Fosti amante com'io, Tu piangevi 'l tuo amor, Vita de la mia vita, Oime dov'e'l mio ben, Morto son io, Lume de gli occhi miei, Ombra son di colui, Ahi dispietato'Amor, Ma scorgami destin, Vostro fui, vostro son e'saro vostro, Porto de miei desir, Accoglietelpietosa, Questo sia guiderdon gentil e degno, Ma folle io spargo le mie rime'al vento, Struggesti la mio cor (strumentale), Accoglietel pietosa (strumentale), Vita della mia vita (strumentale), L'altrui tener non lice, Stringo la bella man, Hor liev'ape foss'io, Struggesti lo mio cor, Non e gia vero'occhi felici e vaghi, La lucida chirezza ch'io scorgo'in voi

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6573c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


I Fagiolini : Monteverdi - Fire & Ashes

Review: Monteverdi's madrigals are a theatre of the senses: touches, glances, scents, the textures of fabrics, of lips and skin, the shining gold of hair, the deep blue of eyes, the sounds and vistas of nature, the coolness of water, the sun's warmth, the ecstatic agony of fire and ice. The second volume in I Fagiolini's Monteverdi conspectus allows us to trace this evolution from the early Mantuan a cappella madrigals that made his reputation to the late concerted madrigals of the 1630s written for the Viennese court - styles seemingly worlds apart, yet both forged by the same desire, to confront and master afresh in each new work the ever-present tension between mere art and real life.

Songlist: Sinfonia from "Ballo Delle Ingrate", Ardo, Avvampo, Rimanti in Pace, Ogni Amante E guerrier, Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire, Che Dar Piu Vi Poss'io, E Cosi, A Poco A Poco, Vorrei Baciarti, O Filli, Chiome D'oro, Batto, Qui Pianse Ergasto, Entrata from "Ballo Delle Ingrate", Lagrime D'amante al Sepolcro Dell'amata, Tirsi e Clori

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8913c | 1 CD | $18.95 || Madrigals CDs


I Fagiolini : Monteverdi - Flaming Heart

Review: Monteverdi: Flaming Heart' offers works from Book IV to VIII, a selection that demonstrates both the extraordinary compass of his art and the unprecedented depth and subtlety of response to a text. In recent years we have settled for a certain lack of danger in our search for an 'ideal' Monteverdi. I Fagiolini's 'The Full Monteverdi', revealed a new side to this music a Monteverdi of both beauty and horror, colourful, vivid, sometimes chaste, sometimes dirty, and always completely alive.

Songlist: Prologo: La Musica, Luci Serene E Chiare, Anima Mia, Perdona, Tempro La Cetra, Ahi, Come A Un Vago Sol Cotese Giro, Con Che Soavita, Sinfonia, Ch'io T'ami, Partenza Amorosa, Parlo Miser'o Taccio, Volgendo Il Ciel, Longe Da Te, Cor Mio, Piagn'e Sospira

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8914c | 1 CD | $18.95 || Madrigals CDs


King's Singers : English Madrigals

Review: Though the madrigal form was imported from Italy (where it evolved from the frottola), it was readily embraced by the English at the end of the sixteenth century. These mostly a cappella versions by the best of the English composers (thirty-five in all) have both a scholarly (as analyzed in great detail in the accompanying liner notes), and entertainment value; who better than England's cherished King's Singers to bring them, once again, to life? Whether it's "Construe My Meaning," with it's strophic form and chromaticism, or "Now Is The Month Of Maying," with it's more typical bipartite structure for four voices, this CD contains a wealth of enjoyment.

Songlist: A Little Pretty Bonny Lass, Weep No More, Thou Sorry Boy, Shoot False Love, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Four Arms, Two Necks, One Wreathing, Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above, Since Robin Hood, Though Philomela Lost Her Love, O Wretched Man, Weep, O Mine Eyes, The Nightingale, The Organ Of Delight, Come, Sirrah Jack, Ho!, Cruel, Behold My Heavy Ending, Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone, Sing We And Chant It, On A Fair Morning, Oft Have I Vowed, Is Love A Boy?, Say, Love, If Ever Thou Didst Find, All At Once Well Met, Construe My Meaning, Lord! When I Think, Cruel, Wilt Thou Persever, Fine Knacks For Ladies, Strike It Up, Tabor, I Love, Alas I Love Thee, Farewell, Dear Love, See, See The Sheperds' Queen, Have I Found Her, Lady Your words Do Spite Me, Were I A King, Come Again, Tan Ta Ra, Cries Mars, Why Should I Love?, This Sweet And Merry Month Of May

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6131c | 1 CD | $16.98 || Madrigals CDs


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King's Singers : Madrigal History Tour

Review: The Madrigal form, as it developed throughout Europe, is chronicled with precision and great attention to detail by England's King's Singers. From it's original appearance in Italy in the 1530's, the form-characterized by polyphonic texture, and the secular equivalent of the motet-was popular in England, Germany, Spain and France. Madrigals were the music of the people: they were written in the vernacular, expressed common themes of love and desire, and were often accompanied by dancing. This is a highly recommended tour.

Songlist: Amor Vittorioso, Lirum BililirumRossino Mantovano , Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno, La bella Franceschina, Ultimi Mei Sospiri, Alla Cazza, Or Si Rallegri il Cielo, Fine Knacks for ladies, Who Made Thee, Hob, Forsake the Plough, Of all the Birds The I Do Know, Too Music I Once Lamented, Fair Phyllis, The Silver Swan, Now Is the Month of Maying, La Guerre, La, la, la, la, je ne L'ose Dire, Bon Jour: Et Puis, Quelles Nouvelles?, Mignonne, Allons Voir Si La Rose, Il Est Bel et Bon, Margot Labourez Les Vignes , Un Gentil Amoureux, Faulte D'Argent, La Tricotea, Triste Estaba el Rey David, Cuc, Cuc, Tres Morillas M'Enamoran, Fatal la Parte, La Bomba, Tanzen Und Springen, Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum, Ach Elsein , Ach Weh Des Leiden, Senfl Das G'lat Zu Speyer, Herzliebstes Bild

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6105c | 1 CD | $9.98 || Madrigals CDs


La Venexiana : Claudio Monteverdi

Review: La Venexiana presents its latest recording achievement, a set of madrigal interpretations of a work that is a jewel and a success by any standard: the Third Book of Claudio Monteverdi, undoubtedly the greatest composer of the genre. The reason why this book of madrigals enjoyed such success is soon told. The Third Book is a colourful sequence of styles and forms. We find virtuosic works (with two or three soprano voices), works in chromatic style, madrigals in concitato, declamatory style and courtly madrigals. Briefly put, it is the summa of what at that period one would have understood by the word "madrigal" and its most representative forms. Moreover, Monteverdi's choice of poets in this book is typical of those of the nuovo stile, including Torquato Tasso and Battista Guarini, ideal to display "serious" emotions and feelings.

Songlist: La giovinetta pianta, O come e gran martire, Sovra tenere erbette, O dolce anima mia, Stracciami pur il core, O rossignol, Se per estremo ardore, Vattene pur crudel, O Primavera, Perfidissimo volto, Ch'io non t'ami cor mio, Occhi un tempo mia vita, Vivro fra i miei tormenti, Lumi miei cari, Rimanti in pace

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7048c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Mary Lynn Lightfoot (editor) : Masterworks and Madrigals for Middle School Choirs

Review: These eleven masterwork and madrigal selections have been carefully selected to meet the needs of developing choirs and the changing voice. Encompassing a broad spectrum of composers, styles and periods, and in a variety of voicings, this exciting new offering is a practical and versatile resource for the middle school/junior high choral classroom. Also featured, where applicable, are both English and original language text options, as well as interesting composer/performance notes. All available in this outstanding collection for less than half the cost than if purchased separately - a welcome budget stretcher!

Songlist: Sing For Joy!, Today We Shall Be Merry, Cantate Domino, The Sound of Pipe and Drum, Jubilate Deo, Sing Joyfully, Gloria in Excelsis, O Bella Fusa, Life's Joy, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Music, Most Beauteous Art, Masterworks and Madrigals: A Brief History

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81099c | 1 CD | $34.95 | 3 Parts || Three Part Arrangements | Companion Songbook Available


Monteverdi Choir : Monteverdi & His Contemporaries

Review: Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643) was an Italian composer, violinist and singer. His work marks the transition from Renaissance to Baroque music. During his long life he produced work that can be classified in both categories, and he was one of the most significant revolutionaries that brought about the change in style. Here for the first time on CD is John Elliot Gardiner, one of World's top conductors, in his earliest recordings feauring the madrigals of Moneteverdi (including his 6 madrigals "Sestina" and others such as John Wilbye, Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Morley.

Songlist: Sestina Incenerite, Ditelo o Fiumi, Dara la Notte, Ma te Raccoglie, O Chiome d' or, Dunque Amate Reliquie, Zefiro Torna , Era L'Anima Mia , Ohime, Se Tanto Amate , Dolcissima Ma Vita , Weep Weep Mine Eyes, Oft Have I Vowed , What Is Our Life , O Grief Even On The Bud , Draw On Sweet Night

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8436c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Madrigals CDs


Oxford Camerata : English Madrigals And Songs

Review: The Oxford Camerata was formed to meet the growing demand for choral groups specializing in Renaissance music. Now comprised of 12 mixed voices Camerata has since expanded its repertoire to include music from the medieval period to the present day. Jeremy Summerly founded the Oxford Camerata after studying music at New College, Oxford, graduating with 1st Class Honors in 1982. "English Madrigals" is divided into 4 sections, "Early Tudor Songs," ("Pastime with good company," attributed to Henry VIII, "Blow thy horn, hunter," by Wm. Cornish, and "Hey trolly lolly lo"); "Madrigals from the Golden Age" ("Draw on, sweet night" and "Weep, Weep Mine Eyes,'" by John Wilbye, Richard Carlton's "Sound Saddest Notes" and Robt. Ramsey's "Sleep, Fleshly Birth"); and "Romantic Songs and Partsongs," (Robt. Pearsall's "Lay a garland," Somerset's "The trees they do grow high," and Charles Stanford's "The Blue Bird"). Nice liner notes booklet with all the lyrics and group info. Camerata's music soars in perfect, effortless harmony!

Songlist: Pastime with good company, Blow thy horn, hunter, Ah Robin, gentle Robin, Hey Trolly Lolly Lo, Draw on, Sweet Night, Thule, the Period of Cosmography, Weep. Weep Mine Eyes, As Vesta Was, Sound Saddest Notes, Fair Phyllis, Sleep. Fleshly Birth, Mother, I will have a Husband, Lay a Garland, Rigg Fair, The Trees They do Grow High, The Blue Bird

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7343c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Madrigals CDs


Quink Vocal Ensemble : English Madrigals

Review: Between 1588 and 1627, the isolation of English musical culture was broken by the influx of Italian music and composers, and during this period a beautiful collection of Madrigals with English words and composers was created. The acclaimed Quink Vocal Ensemble (Kees-Jan de Koning, bass, Harry van Berne, tenor, Paula de Wit, soprano, Machteld van Woerden, soprano, and Corrie Pronk, alto) bring us 18 perfectly-recorded madrigals from this period, three from Thomas Morley, two from Francis Pilkington, two from Thomas Tomkins, two from Thomas Bateson, two from William Byrd, one from John Farmer, four from John Wilbye, and two from Thomas Weelkes. This music is bright and romantic, with a lively grace and harmonic clarity, the result of probably the first English musical "craze!"

Songlist: Now Is The Month Of Maying, Farewell, Disdainful, No, No Nigella, Why Should I Grieve?, Sweet Phylida, Phyllis, Now Cease To Move Me, Too Much I Once Lamented, Those Sweet Delightful Lilies, Phyllis, Farewell, Come To Me Grief, Forever, Come, Woeful Orpheus, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Weep, Weep, Mine Eyes, (1st Part)I Fall, I Fall, O Stay Me, (2nd Part) And Though My Love Abounding, Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis, The Nightingale, The Organ Of Delight, Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints

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7444c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Quink Vocal Ensemble : Renaissance Madrigals

Review: From about 1520 to about 1620 the Italian madrigal, which refers to almost any musical setting of secular verse (but especially those whose subject is love and death) of two to eight voice parts, had its brief but brilliant lifetime. Quink, (Kees-Jan de Koning, bass, Harry van Berne, tenor, Paula de Wit, soprano, Machteld van Woerden, soprano, and Corrie Pronk, alto) since its debut in 1978 has established its reputation and following on the international concert scene. "Renaissance" features 14 madrigals, one by Cipriano de Rore, four by Giaches de Wert, three by Claudio Monteverdi, two by Alessandro Scarlatti and four by Alessandro Stradella. The liner notes contain bios of these men, and the words of all the songs in Italian and English. Beautiful harmonies!

Songlist: Alla Dlce ombra, Dura Legge D'Amor, Lo Non Son Pero Morto, Datemi Pace, Vezzosi Augelli, Baci, Soavi E Cari, Lo Mi Son Giovinetta, Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire, O Selce, O tigre, O Ninfa, Mori Mi Dici, Tirsi Un Giorno Piangea, Pupilette Amorose, Piangete, Occhi Dolenti, Clori Son Fido Amante

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7445c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Tallis Scholars : English Madrigals

Review: To celebrate their 25th anniversary, sacred music specialists the Tallis Scholars re-released on their own Gimell label a disc that has been a cipher in their catalog for a long time, English Madrigals, recorded in 1982 for EMI's Classics for Pleasure imprint and unavailable for so long as to be virtually forgotten. It is heartening to see the list of singers active under Peter Philips' direction in that bygone era -- Emily van Evera, Margaret Philpot, Michael Chance, and Andrew King among them -- all names unknown in 1982 that have figured very prominently in the early music boom soon to follow. As the original Classics for Pleasure LP, though digitally recorded, ran short by twenty-first century standards, Gimell has expanded it through including the odd pieces used to fill out an early release, Tomkins: The Great Service. As one comes to expect from the Tallis Scholars in music of a more serious kind, the performances of the English Madrigals are terrific; in the notes, Philips states that their ultimate single-mindedness might have slackened somewhat "if there hadn't been so much first-rate sacred music to explore."

Songlist: Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints, Hark, Alleluia, Phyllis, I Fain Would Die Now, Cruel Madame, Ah Dear Heart, Draw On Sweet Night, All Creatures Now, Sleep, Fleshly Birth, Carters, Now Cast Down, Woe Is Me, Though Amaryllis Dance, The Silver Swan, When David Heard, Then David Mourned , Almighty God, The Fountain Of All Wisdom , Woe Is Me, Be Strong And Of A Good Courage, O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song, O God, The Proud Are Risen Against Me

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8936c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Madrigals CDs


Alfred Einstein (Edited by) : The Golden Age of Madrigals

Review: A selection of classic Italian madrigals, mostly a cappella and all with English lyrics.

Songlist: Fortune Once Made Us Happy, Last Slumber Eternal End , Lo How Aurora W/Gold , Love In Truth To A Lover , My Queenly Sun Before, Of Marble you are Fashioned, Since Beauty That Is Boundless , Therein Deep Sighing , This Parting Will Slay Me , When I Think How I Languish , When I Was Merry Stripling, Wild Silvan Creatures

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9180b | Songbook | $5.95 | SATB || Madrigal Arrangements


Clifford Bartlett : Madrigals and Partsongs

Review: This collection gathers together nearly sixty of the finest examples of the secular choral repertoire into one volume. Due space is given to the magnificent sixteenth century madrigals of England and Italy, with favorite works by Gibbons and Morley placed alongside less familiar selections by Lassus, Marenzio, and Weelkes. German and French pieces are also represented, for example, with Passereau's ever-popular Il est bel est bon. Works by Haydn and Schubert lead to the nineteenth century repertoire, which includes Brahms's lovely Nachtwache, from Five Songs, Op. 104, and Pearsall's exquisite Lay a Garland. The survey is completed by Debussy's Trois Chansons de Charles D'Orleans and examples of the glorious outpouring of English Romantic partsongs, with works by Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Britten, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams. Ranging from the late fifteenth to the twentieth century, and spanning all major European countries, this is a masterly survey suitable for all choirs. Clifford Bartlett has prepared completely new editions of all pre-twentieth century pieces, going back to the earliest and most reliable manuscript or printed sources. English translations are provided to aid understanding, with playable keyboard reductions in every case.

Songlist: Dindirin, dindirin, Il bianco e dolce cigno, Of all the birds that I do know, All creatures now, Nachtwache No. 1, The Evening Primrose, Never weather-beaten sail, So weich und warm, Trois chansons de Charles d'Orleans, To be sung of a summer night on the water, Come, heavy sleep, Can she excuse my wrongs, Weep you no more, sad fountains, As torrents in summer, My love dwelt in a Northern land, There is sweet music, Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone, My spirit sang all day, Since first I saw your face, Lieto godea, Amor vittorioso, Ah, dear heart, The silver swan, What is our life?, Tanzen und springen, Ach, Weh des Leiden, Die Harmonie in der Ehe, Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen, Farewell, dear love, Mille regrets, Chi chi li chi, La nuit froide et sombre, Bonjour mon coeur, Matona, mia cara, Revoici venir du printemps, Crudel perche mi fuggi, Scaldava il sol, O Mirtillo, Mirtillo, anima mia, Ohime se tanto amate , Lamento d'Arianna, My bonny lass she smileth, Now is the month of maying, Music, when soft voices die, Il est bel et bon, Lay a garland, Rest, sweet nymphs, Ancor che col partire, Douce memoire, Der Tanz, Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein, Au joli bois, The blue bird, Haraclitus, The long day closes, Three Shakespeare Sons, Sweet Suffolk owl, Thule, the period of cosmography (the first part), The Andalusian merchant (the second part), Draw on, sweet night, Weep, weep, mine eyes

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9097b | Songbook | $16.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts || Madrigal Arrangements


David McKay (edited and arranged) : Madrigal/Glee Anthology

Review: A classic collection for three part treble voices

Songlist: Invitation To The Singing School, The Singing Lesson, Come Sing This Round With Me, Serene And Mild, Good Morning, We Are Noddin', Ye Spotted Snakes, Flow, O My Tears, Come Again Sweet Love, Yes! To The Work, See, The Conquering Hero Comes, O'er The Waters

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7056b | Songbook | $7.50 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Egon Kraus (Editor) : European Madrigals

Review: A fine collection of madrigals from across Europe.

Songlist: All Lust Und Freud (Joy & Mirth), All Riva Del Tebro (Bank Of Tiber), Amor Vittorioso (Come W/Weapons), Bon Jour Mon Coeur (Di Lasso), Ce Moys De May (This Mo.Of May), Es Ist Ein Schnee Gefallen, Fire, Fire (Morley), Hark All Ye Lovely Saints, In Pride Of May, Innsbruck, I Now Must Leave Thee (Innsbruck, Ich Muss Dich Lassen), Io Piango (Weep,I Weep) Marenzio, It Was A Lover And His Lass, Kuckuck Hat Sich Zu Tod Gefalln, Lasciate Mi Morire (Leave Me,Love), Mignonne (Fair Maid,Consider Rose), Mit Lust Tret Ich An Diesen Tanz, Now, O Now I Needs Must Part, Petite Nymphe Folastre (Nymphette, so Dashing and Appealing), Quand Mon Mary Vient De Dehors, Rest, Sweet Nymphs (Pilkington), Vezzosette Ninfe (Sweet&Ch Nymph), Weep, O Mine Eyes (J.Bennet), Wohlauf,Ihr Gaste(Good Health)

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9159b | Songbook | $9.95 | SATB || Madrigal Arrangements


Egon Kraus (Editor) : More European Madrigals For Mixed Voices

Review: A second collection of madrigals from the greatest European composers.

Songlist: Dear love, you may believe me, Ah, the sighs that come from my heart, Come, ye shepherds, Fair maiden, you have captured, Come, pretty maiden, Oh, my heart is sad and sore, The cricket, Better do not get married, Gabriel, the other day, grace, my love one, fair beauties, Hard by a fountain, I know a young lady, In bitter woe and anguish, Beneath a laurel's branches, Go forth, my sighs, Oh, I have been forsaken, Far better to feel, Oh, nightingale, Spring has arrived, Sing we and chant it, To the hills and the vales, When I'm drinking good red wine, A sweet new song, My love, I'm filled with sorrow

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6738b | Songbook | $10.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Gavin Bryars : First Book of Madrigals - For Unaccompanied Male Voices

Review: These Madrigals were written especially for the Hilliard Ensemble with who Gavin Bryars has worked for many years. The texts are by the poet and writer Blake Morrison.

Songlist: Web, Stormy, Almond Tree, Just As The Ash-Glow`, Within Minutes, Our Bodies In The Shower, She'd Buy Things, All The Homely Arts And Crafts, In April, Who's The More To Blame, The Print Of Soles, My Pomegranate, Against Dieting

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9194b | Songbook | $19.95 | TTBB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Gilbert & Sullivan : Madrigals, Glees and Part Songs

Review: Hidden within the marvelous operas of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan are wonderful madrigals, glees and part songs. They are masterpieces in themselves and can stand on their own. Because they are seldom heard, unless one attends a complete performance of an opera, they have been extracted so they may be accessable to everyone. These treasures are ideal for a variety of occaisions and will complement any choral concert. For mixed voices with keyboard.

Songlist: A British Tar, Let's Give Three Cheers, I Hear The Soft Note , Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day, When The Buds are Blosoming , A Strange Adventure , When a Wooer goes a-wooing , Thank You Gallant Gondolieri , Try We life-long

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9452b | Songbook | $8.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Gyorgy Ligeti : Nonsense Madrigals

Review: First premiered by the King's Singers in Queen Elizabeth Hall these compositions are a delight and will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. English text by William Rands and Lewis Carroll. Difficult.

Songlist: Two Dreams and Little Bat, Cuckoo in the Pear-Tree, The Alphabet, Flying Robert, The Lobster Quadrille, A Long, Sad Tale

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7375b | Songbook | $39.95 | TTBB | A Cappella || Humorous A Cappella Arrangements


Jeremy Summerly : Fair Oriana - Madrigals in Celebration of Elizabeth 1

Review: Elizabeth I, Fair Oriana, was one of the most remarkable monarchs in English history: she was well educated, strong, fearless and wise. Towards the end of her reign a musical anthology entitled The Triumphs of Oriana was assembled in order to flatter and divert her. Four superb works from this anthology - plus a fifth, Oriana's Farewell - provide a delightful sequence of madrigals in celebration of the Virgin Queen. This collection of masterpieces from England's Golden Age was published to celebrate the golden jubilee of her namesake, Elizabeth II.

Songlist: Long Live Fair Oriana, Hark, Did Ye Evere Hear?, Fair Oriana, Come, Blessed Bird, Oriana Farewell

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7284b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


John Haberlen : Elizabethan Madrigal Dinners

Review: Scripts with music for singers, players and dancers. Contains all the music and dialogue necessary for the production of two madrigal dinners in the style of the late 16th century.

Songlist: Introduction, Scripts, An Elizabethan Christmas Madrigal Dinner, A Late 16th Century English Christmas Dinner, Nowell Sing We, The Holly and the Ivy, Wassail Song, Boar's Head Carol, Flaming Pudding Carol, An Earthly Tree, a Heavenly Fruit, Cast Off All Doubtful Care, Allen, Gay Bergeres, Josef, Lieber Josef Mein, Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sang, Pastime with Good Company, Es ist ein' Ros', Angelus ad virginem, Shepherds Rejoice, Coventry Carol, Cradle Hymn, Deck The Hall, The First Nowel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, I Saw Three Ships, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy To The World, Silent Night, We Three Kings, What Child is This?, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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7660b | Songbook | $24.95 | SATB || Madrigal Arrangements


John Rutter : Birthday Madrigals

Review: Birthday Madrigals was written at the invitation of Brian Kay, conductor of the Cheltenham Bach Choir, to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of the great jazz pianist George Shearing. The first performance was given, in his presence, in Cheltenham Town Hall on June 3, 1995 by the Cheltenham Bach Choir with Neil Swainson (double bass), John Rutter conducting. The seed of the composition was 'It was a lover and his lass,' witten in 1975. The other four movements, their texts also drawn from the madrigal era (hence the work's title), were added in 1995 to make the present choral suite.

Songlist: It Was A Lover And His Lass, Draw On, Sweet Night, Come Live With Me, My True Love Hath My Heart, When Daisies Pied

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9354b | Songbook | $12.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


K. Lee Scott : Madrigals For Christmas

Review: This collection is designed to be flexible and versatile. It can be used as a set for concert or a madrigal dinner with or without the readings which appear between pieces. It can also be used as a source of new pieces to be inserted into pre-existing madrigal dinner programs. Churches may also find it appropriate in which case Now Winter Nights Enlarge and Green Grow'th the Holly may be omitted. Audience participation is encouraged on the last piece, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. A separate audience part is provoked at the back of this edition and may be copied for use in the program or as a separate flyer.

Songlist: From Virgin's Womb, What Child Is This?, Now Let Us All With One Accord, His Rest, Now Winter's Nights Enlarge, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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7222b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


King's Singers : Madrigals

Review: This collection of four-part pieces has been drawn from the King's Singers Madrigal History Tour. Included are pieces intended to illustrate the enormous range of styles within the title madrigal. The introduction has performance notes and translations, with a pronunciation guide in the back. This is an excellent way to introduce madrigals to your group.

Songlist: Dindirin, Dindirin, Fatal La Parte, Cucu, Cucu!, De Los Alamos Vengo, Ach Elslein, Liebes Elselein, Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum, Wir Zogen In Das Feld, Lirum Bililirum, Alla Cazza, Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno, Matona, Mia Cara, Au Joli Jeu, La La La, Je Ne L'ose Dire, Margot Labourez Les Vignes, Un Gentil Amoureux, Il Est Bel Et Bon, Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting, Heigh Ho! 'Chill Go To Plough No More Fine Knacks For Ladies, Of All The Birds That I Do Know, Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis

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6118b | Songbook | $6.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


King's Singers : Madrigals Volume 2

Review: This collection of four-part pieces has been drawn from the King's Singers Madrigal History Tour. Included are pieces intended to illustrate the enormous range of styles within the title madrigal. The introduction has performance notes and translations, with a pronunciation guide in the back. This is an excellent way to introduce madrigals to your group.

Songlist: Gentil Senora Mia , So Trinken Wir Alle, Ach, Weh Des Leiden, Tanzen Und Springen, Or Si Rallegri Il Cielo, Valle, Che de'Lamenti Miei Se' Piena , Amor Vittorioso , Contrapunto Bestiale Alla Mente, Zefiro Torna E'l Bel Tempo Rimena (Monteverdi), Triste Depart, Bon Jour: Et Puis, Quelles Nouvelles? , Now Is The Month Of Maying, O Grief ev'n On The Bud , The Silver Swan, Too Much I Once Lamented

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6121b | Songbook | $6.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Luca Marenzio : Complete Six Voice Madrigals

Review: Includes 15 Italian madrigals written for six voices.

Songlist: Leggiadrissma, eternal Primavera; Gia Le Muse, Leggiare Ninfe, Candide Perle, Come Fuggir, Ecco Che'l Ciel; Ecco Che Mill'augi, Spiri Dolce Favonio; Tacciano I Venti , Giunt'a Un Bel Fonte, Nel Dolce Seno; Perche L'uno E L'Altr'alma, Amatemi, Ben Mio, S'a Veder Voi Non Vengo, CANZONE: Baci Soavi E Cari:, - Baci Amorosi E Belli, - Baci Affamati E 'Ngordi, - Baci Cortesi E Grati, - Baci, Ohime, Non Mirate, Vivro Dunque Lontano

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9319b | Songbook | $17.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Mary Lynn Lightfoot (editor) : Masterworks and Madrigals for Middle School Choirs

Review: These eleven masterwork and madrigal selections have been carefully selected to meet the needs of developing choirs and the changing voice. Encompassing a broad spectrum of composers, styles and periods, and in a variety of voicings, this exciting new offering is a practical and versatile resource for the middle school/junior high choral classroom. Also featured, where applicable, are both English and original language text options, as well as interesting composer/performance notes. All available in this outstanding collection for less than half the cost than if purchased separately - a welcome budget stretcher!

Songlist: Sing For Joy!, Today We Shall Be Merry, Cantate Domino, The Sound of Pipe and Drum, Jubilate Deo, Sing Joyfully, Gloria in Excelsis, O Bella Fusa, Life's Joy, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Music, Most Beauteous Art, Masterworks and Madrigals: A Brief History

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8109b | Songbook | $8.95 | 3 Parts || Three Part Arrangements | Companion CD Available


Paul Brandvik : Complete Madrigal Dinner Booke

Review: This very informative Madrigal Dinner kit includes a teacher's manual covering "everything" you ever wanted to know about a Madrigal Dinner. Includes organization, publicity, costuming, music, scripts, make up, staging, lighting, food service, etc. etc. Nineteen pages of repertoire and music sources are divided into categories and form perhaps the finest Madrigal Dinner list ever compiled. The kit also includes two separate and different dinner scripts, plus 24 pages of hitherto unpublished Madrigal Dinner music. A great fundraiser!

Songlist: Definition, Goals, Food Service, Dates, Place, Division of Duties, Publicity, Tickets, Seating and Programs, Script, Dramatic Direction, Make-Up, Lighting, Staging, Costumes, Types and Styles of Music, Ceremonial Music for the Royal Court, The Concert by the Royal Court, Rehearsals and Style, Repertoire Lists and Sources

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6293b | Songbook | $24.98 | SATB || Madrigal Arrangements


Paul Mealor : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Review: Four madrigals on rose texts for unaccompanied SATB (with divisi). Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and first performed by the joint choirs of the University of St. Andrews Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree.

Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank With Roses About, A Spotless Rose

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7688b | Songbook | $6.95 | SATB divisi | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Philip Lawson : The Birds and the Bees

Review: Mixed choruses and chamber ensembles will frequently use and enjoy this collection of English madrigals, selected and edited by former King's Singer Philip Lawson.

Songlist: The Nightingale, The Organ Of Delight, Of All The Birds, Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees, Sweet Suffolk Owl, The Silver Swan

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8776b | Songbook | $5.95 | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Philip Ledger (editor) : Oxford Book of English Madrigals

Review: The madrigal composed in England during the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth centuries include some of the finest music of the period and are possibly superior in truth and expressiveness even to the madrigals composed in Italy, where the form was invented and flourished over a long period. Faced with many hundreds of possible candidates for inclusion in the edition, the editor worked on the principal that the major composers would each be represented by several madrigals, and the lesser figures by one or more. But no madrigal would be included if it fell below the high standard set by the collection as a whole. Over 60 madrigals are included.

Songlist: Those Sweet Delightful Lilies, All Creatures Now, Weep O Mine Eyes, Lullaby My Sweet Little Baby, This Sweet and Merry Month of May, Though Amaryllis Dance, Come Gentle Swains, Poor is the Life, Quick Quick Away Dispatch!, No Haste But Good!, Fair Nymphs I Heard One Telling, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Consture my Meaning, Ah Dear Heart, Dainty Fine Bird, O that the Learned Poets, The Silver Swan, Trust Not to Much Fair Youth, What is our Life?, Come Away Sweet Love, See What a Maze of Terror, April is in my Mistress' Face, Fyer Fyer!, Hard by a Crystal Fountain, I Love Alas this Tormenting, My Bonnie Lass She Smileth, Now is the Month of Maying, Sing We and Chant it, Through Philomela Lost Her Love, Whither Away so Fast?, I Love Alas I Love Thee, Sleep Fleshly Birth, Adieu ye City Prisoning Towers, Music Divine, O Yes! Has Any Found a Lad?, See See the Sheperds' Queen, Too Much I Once Lamented, Mother I Will Have a Husband, Sweet Suffolk Owl, Come Sable Night, Out from the Vale, As Vesta Was, Come Sirrah Jack Ho!, Hark All ye Lovely Saints, O Care thou wilt Despatch me, Hence Care thou Art too Cruel, Since Robin Hood, Sing We at Pleasure, Strike it Up Tabor, Thule the Period of Cosmography, The Andalusian Merchant, Thus Sings my Dearest Jewel, Adieu Sweet Amaryllis, Draw on Sweet Amaryllis, Flora Gave me Fairest Flowers, Lady When I Behold, O What Shall I Do?, Sweet Honey Sucking Bees, Yet Sweet Take Heed, Weep Weep Mine Eyes

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9094b | Songbook | $27.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts || Madrigal Arrangements


Robin Holloway : Five Madrigals for Unaccompanied Mixed Voices

Review: Ranging between 4 and 6 parts, these 5 delightful madrigals were composed by noted arranger Robin Holloway and were set to the poems of T.S. Elliot and one of James Joyce. Fun!

Songlist: Ecce Puer , Children's Voices, Eyes That Last I Saw In Tears, Voices Of Birds, Red River

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9189b | Songbook | $11.95 | SATB divisi | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Russell Robinson : All Ye Who Music Love

Review: Six accessible a cappella arrangements especially for 3-Part Mixed choirs.

Songlist: All Ye Who Music Love , April Is In My Mistress' Face, How Merrily We Live, In These Delightful Pleasant Groves , My Bonnie Lass, Sing We and Chant It.

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7226b | Songbook | $7.95 | 3 Parts | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Theron Kirk : Sing We and Chant It

Review: Introduce junior high and middle school students to the joys of madrigal singing with this outstanding collection. Perfect for young , developing voices, this collection features some of the best known madrigals skillfully arranged for three part mixed voices by Theron Kirk. From the"fa la la" madrogals of Morley to the German part song of Hassler, each is carefully set to compliment the voice ranges and qualities of the devolping male singer. An excellent addition to the repertoire of the changing voice.

Songlist: Sing We And Chant It, Now Is The Month Of Maying, In These Delightful, Pleasant Groves, My Bonnie Lass She Smileth , Matona, Lovely Maiden, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Since Robin Hood, Dancing And Springing

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Various Composers : Eight Elizabethan Madrigals

Review: Eight Madrigals arranged for SSA or SSAA Choir.

Songlist: The Nightingale, Seek sweet content, Now is the month of maying, Come again, sweet love, What saith my dainty darling, All creatures now are merry minded, The Silver Swan, My bonnie lass, she smileth

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5112b | Songbook | $9.95 | SSA. || Madrigal Arrangements


Various Composers : Madrigals for Treble Voices

Review: This collection attempts to provide repertoire for treble-voice groups who desire to sing madrigals. Although a great wealth of madrigal literature exists for mixed voices, some attention has therefore been given to the text of each selection in order to make it more appropriate for feminine choruses.

Songlist: It Was a Lover and His Lass, Let All Who Sing Be Merry, Maidens Fair of Mantua's City, The Messenger of Love, Now Is the Month of Maying, The Silver Swan

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7294b | Songbook | $5.95 | Treble || Madrigal Arrangements


Various Composers : Oxford Book of Italian Madrigals

Review: During the eighty years from approx. 1535 many thousands of Italian madrigals were composed. Here are 55 for mixed voices covering the whole range of types,and the whole period. All have been chosen for their musical value - they are small masterpieces.

Songlist: Dormend' un Giorno, Amor Mi Fa Morire, Italia Mia, Quanto Piu M'arde, Cosi Soav' e'l Foco, Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno, Chi la Gagliarda, Donna, Vo Imparare, Dormendo un Giorno, Lo Mi Son Giovinetta, Strane Rupi, Tutte le Vecchie Son Maleciose, Quest' io Tesseva e Quelle, Ancor Che Col Partire, Ingiustissimo Amor, Mia Benigna Fortuna, Cantai, or Piango, O Morte, Eterno Fin, O Sonno, L'alto Signor, Mia Benigna Fortuna, Chi Salira Per Me, Cantai, or Piango, Lo Son Ferito, Ahi Lasso, Quest' Affannato Mio Doglioso Core, Vestiva i Colli, Due Rose Fresche, Ne L'aria In Questi Di , La Ver L'Aurora, Leggiadre Ninfe, Ahi, Chi Mi Rompe il Sonno, Quando Sara Mai Quel Zonorno , S'io Esca Vivo, Che Fa Oggi il mio Sole, Gia Torna a Rallegrar L'aria, Fa Ch'io Riveggia, Fuggiro Tant, Amore, Mentre il Cucuo il Suo Cucu Cantava, Vezzosi Augelli, Forsennata Gridava, I'vo Piangendo, Tirsi Morir Volea, Mia Benigna Fortuna, Ecco Mormorar L'onde, Il Premiato- Ove Ne Vai Si In Fretta, Il Bell'umore- Viver Lieto Voglio, Cruda Amarilli, Languisco e Moro, Luci Serene e Chiare, S'udia un Pastor L'altr' Hieri, Solo w Pensoso, Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire, Ah Dolente Partita, Quel Augellin Che Canta, Resta Di Darmi Noia, Itene Mie Querele

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9642b | Songbook | $21.95 | SATB || Madrigal Arrangements


Various Composers : Twelve Madrigals for SSA(A)

Review: A collection of classic madrigals from the masters of the genre.

Songlist: In Going to My Lonely Bed, The Cricket, Fair Phyllis, Those Dainty Daffadillies, Ah, Look Upon These Eyes, Tell me, What Master Hand, He's a Pretty Cuckoo, Lo! Country Sports, Thus Sings My Dearest Jewel, Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees, Rounds Based on the Cries of London

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5032b | Songbook | $15.95 | SSA. | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


William Belan : A Handbook for the Performance of English Madrigals

Review: Madrigals are a valued body of literature and when an English madrigal is being prepared for a performance, one strives to inform the experience with the best information available - thinking through important performance issues of a madrigal builds perspective. This handbook will be useful immediately for teachers and students or anyone who studies and performs the madrigal. It is supported by primary and secondary historical sources for the purpose of providing information that will assist readers to sort valid information from personal opinion. Readers will receive a unique perspective on the madrigal, the marriage of music and text, and its unique place in the stylistic timeline.

Songlist: Acknowledgments, Preface, Introduction, What is a Madrigal?, History of the Madrigal, Tactus and Rhythm: Guides for Conducting, Stylistic Expression, Reading Texts and Hearing the Poet's Music, Samples of English Prosody, Selecting an Edition, Selected Example #1: Fair Phyllis (John Farmer), Overview of the Poem, Voicing , Tempo, Phrasing and Stress, Articulation, Tone Quality, Dynamics, Selected Example #2: The Silver Swan (Orlando Gibbons), Overview of the Poem, Voicing , Tempo, Phrasing and Stress, Articulation, Tone Quality, Dynamics, Conclusion, Glossary of Terms, Bibliography

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Mary Donnelly : Sing a Madrigal Melody - Parts CD

Review: Here is a playful contemporary madrigal for younger mixed choirs that will be great for concerts and festivals at any time of year. Set in a buoyant 3/4, the strophic text will be easy to learn and provide a successful first a cappella experience for beginning singers.

Songlist: Sing a Madrigal Melody

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7888p | Parts CD | $19.95 | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Donald Moore : Christmas Madrigals for SSA

Review: "A Holiday Madrigal" - This merry madrigal will be a nice addition to your women's choir's a cappella seasonal repertoire. Characteristic counterpoint makes this original Donald Moore piece a familiar form but, unlike many Renaissance chorals, the vocal ranges, subject matter, and number of voice parts have been specifically designed for developing choirs. A festive feature for holiday concerts and Madrigal feasts. "A Joyful Madrigal" - Here's a new work by Donald Moore in madrigal style that's appropriate for general or Christmas use. Dynamic changes create interest; repetition makes for quick learning. Perfect when you need just one more piece for your Christmas or Spring concert. Lots of optional notes and is an outstanding learning piece for young and developing choirs. "A Merry Madrigal" - A "fa la la" section in this joyful number makes it appropriate for both Christmas and general use. It's a fine learning piece in the madrigal style, yet the singable melodies make the independent vocal lines easy to learn. Don Moore is a master at creating works that develop choral singing, teach a classic choral style and, most importantly, sound great. Use it in concerts and at festivals and adjudications. Develop your choir's a cappella skills with the straightforward original madrigal "Alleluia Madrigal" by Donald Moore. Traditional harmonies, modest ranges, and lots of repetition make it a quick-learn piece. Contrasting dynamics and a lilting three-four meter create a joyful song that is good for Christmas or general use.

Songlist: A Holiday Madrigal, A Joyful Madrigal, A Merry Madrigal, Alleluia Madrigal

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9290b | Sheet Music | $6.50 | SSA. | A Cappella || Christmas Arrangements for Female Voices


Gregg Smith : Doo-Wop Madrigals

Review: The whole Doo-Wop Madrigal project started with Garrison Keillor who called to invite the Gregg Smith Singers to appear on his American Radio Company program. He was, he said, particularly interested in some "Doo-Wop" Billings -- William Billings, that is, the great American composer from the Revolutionary War era. By the next conversation, the concept had metamorphosed into "Doo-Wop Madrigals", that is, taking standard Madrigal literature and giving it new life by creating jazz interpreations which still retain all the essential musical elements which made them such great musical masterpieces in the first place. Madrigals are fun to sing, but the Jazz approach adds entirely new dimensions to some very familiar ground. While word painting is a vital element in Renaissance choral music, the substitution of scat sounds for words and the addition of vocalized percussion highlights the sometimes subtle rhythmic and contrapuntal aspects of the works, bringing a different kind of clarity to the music itself. Finally, the blues treatments added a new poignancy to the more solemn works.

Songlist: Cool April (April is in my Mistress' face), Billings in Blue (When Jesus Wept), He's Awesome (Il est bel et bon), The Revecy Band (Revecy venir du printans), Oh! That Love and Beauty (When Love and Beauty), Multiple Echoes (Echo Song), My heart is longing for your love (mon coeur se recommande a vous), Hey, Babe! (Matona, mia cara)

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9161b | Sheet Music | $11.98 | Mixed 5-8 Parts | A Cappella || Madrigal Arrangements


Linda Spevacek : Christmas Madrigals

Review: 'Christmas Madrigal Roundezvous' is a sparkling, festive, and extremely clever original madrigal, sung in a round, with a contrasting, lilting middle section. The uplifting lyrics of 'A Festive Madrigal' begin that bright, jovial original madrigal, which 'sings in' the holiday season. A marvelous, accessible choice which also works well for smaller ensembles. The refreshing, new, secular Christmas madrigal 'Come, Sing! Come, Dance!' will definitely capture the spirit of the season. Designed for small or large groups, this a cappella gem is easy and accessible, yet sophisticated and challenging. Delightfully creative and absolutely charming!

Songlist: A Festive Madrigal, Christmas Madrigal Roundezvous, Come Sing, Come Dance

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9505b | Sheet Music | $4.95 | SATB || Choral Christmas Arrangements

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