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a. A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 1200s and early 1300s.
b. A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music.
a. A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 1500s and early 1600s.
b. A part song.

[Italian madrigale, probably from dialectal madregal, simple, from Late Latin mātrīcālis, invented, original, from Latin, of the womb, from mātrīx, mātrīc-, womb, from māter, mātr-, mother; see mater.]

mad′ri·gal·ist n.
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Noun1.madrigalist - a singer of madrigalsmadrigalist - a singer of madrigals    
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
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The other is John Bennet, a madrigalist who is cited as "a partner in this worke" (127).
The Bella Italia concert, part of the Halifax Festival, will also feature works by the English madrigalist John Wilbye and the romantic composer Charles Villiers Stanford, as well as two premieres - of music by University of Hudders-field masters student Josh Dibble and Italian composer Girolamo Deraco, who teaches composition at the University of Lucca in Tuscany.
(3) When naming the Marquis de Venosta, Mann may have been thinking of the innovative madrigalist Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa (1566-1613), who caught his wife and lover in flagrante delicto and murdered both of them in their bed.
The Maecenas and the Madrigalist: Patrons, Patronage, and the Origins of the Italian Madrigal.
Always a welcome event, this year's concert, titled "Renaissance and Awakenings," spanned the time from a late medieval French composer to Stevie Wonder, from the great Italian madrigalist Claudio Monteverdi to today's hot new composer of choral music, Eric Whitacre.
The Maecenas and the Madrigalist: Patrons, Patronage, and the Origins of the Italian Madrigal is an in-depth, scholarly history of the madrigal, a secular musical genre originating in early sixteenth-century Florence.
1524-57), a minor poet and gifted madrigalist from Piacenza who successfully strove to be accepted by affluent and educated Venetians during his brief career.
Roche therefore redrafts 'Music for entertainment and delight' of 1972 by: concentrating further on Gabrieli; incorporating new material on Alessandro Striggio, mainly from David Butchart's recent work in which he reveals Striggio as a 'straight' madrigalist as well as an 'occasional', for which he was since 1949 better known; mentioning Giaches de Wert's outmoded predilection for Petrarch, offset somewhat by his introduction to madrigal setting of the epic poetry of his Mantuan colleague, Tasso, Roche strangely ignores Ferretti.
The succinct conclusions (on a single page) reaffirm the Florentine provenance of the manuscript and its connections with the Sacred Academy and Rucellai group, subjects on which Cummings has written at length in his The Maecenas and the Madrigalist: Patrons, Patronage, and the Origins of the Italian Madrigal (2004).
Perhaps the most extreme example of insane genius is Carlo Gesualdo, the 16th century madrigalist who was also a sadomasochistic murderer.
74); that the Fellowes-Dart edition of madrigals is entitled The English Madrigal (not 'Madrigalist') School (p.
At the end of the sixteenth century, as is well known, the experiments made by the musicians operating in Mantua and Ferrara expanded the representational power of madrigalist language.