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The Renaissance Madrigal
"The madrigal was one of the most diverse forms in Renaissance music, employing a wide range of emotions and musical effects. This quiz covers madrigals from all over Europe. Good Luck!"
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A famous madrigal by English composer Thomas Morley begins "April is in my mistress' face/ And July in her eyes hath place/ Within her bosom is September". Which month is in her heart?
A madrigal by German composer Heinrich Isaac is a lament by someone who must leave this Austrian city.
"Mon couer se recommande a vous" is a lovely French madrigal frequently attributed to the Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso. In fact, though, its authorship is uncertain.
"El Grillo" is a comic madrigal by French-born composer Josquin des Pres about this creature. (Think English sport)
"The Silver Swan" is the best-known madrigal by this English composer.
In 1601, Thomas Morley produced the great collection of madrigals entitled "The Triumphs of Orianna", which included works by several great madrigalists. What illustrious lady, who gave her name to an era in English history, was it composed in honor of?
Anne of Cleves
Lady Jane Grey
An Italian madrigal by the Flemish composer Jacques Arcadelt has a text similar to that of "The Silver Swan". Which of these is it?
Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno
Margot, Labourez la Vignes
Nous Voyons Que Les hommes
Mon Plaint Sont Entendu
This madrigal by Italian opera composer Claudio Monteverdi is a choral arrangement of a famous lament from his opera "Arianna", based on the story of Ariadne and Theseus. In this aria, the abandoned heroine asks for death to relieve her despair.
O Come sei Gentile
Ecco, Mormorar l'Onde
This madrigal by Thomas Morley is used in Shakespeare's play "As You Like It" (the refrain ends with "Sweet lovers love the spring").
April is in my Mistress' Face
Now is the Month of Maying
My Bonny Lass, She Smileth
It Was a Lover and His Lass
These two French composers wrote an epic madrigal describing a battle entitled "La Guerre" ("The War").
Jean Mouton and Clement Jannequin
Phillipe Verdelot and Claude le Jeune
Claude le Jeune and Loyset Compere
Clement Jannequin and Phillipe Verdelot
Another descriptive piece is the Spanish madrigal "La Bomba" which describes the crew of a sinking ship trying desperately to keep it from taking on water. What does the title "La Bomba" refer to?
The ship's pump
The madrigal "Das Glaut zu Speyer", by the German composer Senfl, describes the following activity in a village on a church feast day:
The beating of drums.
Dancing around a Maypole.
The ringing of church bells.
The clapping of hands.
English composer Orlando Gibbons wrote a madrigal evoking this beloved and, by the mid 1600s, already long established London tradition.
The ravens of the Tower of London.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
The street criers of London.
The pigeons of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Two of English composer John Wilbye's most famous madrigals are about ladies with these names.
Flora and Amaryllis
Julia and Diana
Bess and Mary
Alice and Hebe
Not all madrigals were af a secular nature. Certain composers, most notably Palestrina, wrote so-called "spiritual madrigals" ("madrigali spirituali") which used a religious, though not liturgical text.
Musical settings of the Catholic Mass were sometimes based on madrigals or secular songs.
French composer Pierre Passereau's famous madrigal "Il est Bel et Bon", in which a woman boasts of cuckolding her husband while he is hard at work tending the farm, has the singers imitate the sounds of these barnyard animals.
A remarkable madrigal by Johannes Ockeghem entitled "S'elle M'amera /Petite Cammusette" mentions this legendary couple (hint- they are described as going "...off to the green wood").
Robin Hood and Maid Marian
Romeo and Juliet
Arthur and Guenevere
Aucassin and Nicolette
"La Tricotea", an anonymous Spanish madrigal, and "Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum", an anonymous German madrigal, are examples of what type of song?
Another famous madrigal by Thomas Morley celebrates the month when "Spring, clad all in gladness, doth laugh at winter's sadness." Which month is it?
"Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite", "Fine Knacks for Ladies", "Flow, my Teares", and "I Saw My Lady Weep" are by this composer of English/Irish ancestry.
There are also madrigals of mourning, written usually in memory of some departed loved one or famous personage. Which of these is NOT an example of this type of madrigal, despite its mournful title?
"Sleep, Fleshly Birth" by Robert Ramsey
"Lagrime D'amante all Sepolto degli Amata" by Monteverdi
"Nymphes des Bois" by Josquin des Pres
"Flow, Crystal Teares" by John Dowland
The famous Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, best known for his motet "O Magnum Mysterium" and "Missa pro Defunctis", is notable for having written not a single madrigal; his entire output consists of sacred choral music.
"Fa a una canzona" is one of the most famous Italian madrigals, widely performed by high school and college choirs as well as professional choruses. Which of these Italian composers wrote it? (His last name means "old")
The Italian nobleman Don Carlo Gesualdo wrote some of the most harmonically daring and inventive madrigals, as well as sacred music. Gesualdo's music reflects, to a degree, his rather turbulent psyche. What, besides his music, is he famous (or infamous) for?
He was a devil worshipper.
He was tried for heresy by the Catholic Church.
He comitted suicide.
He had his wife and her lover killed after finding them together.
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Compiled Jun 28 12