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Second Book Of Madrigals

for six voices

By Gavin Bryars

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Mixed choir (SSATTBar)
For six voices. Composed by Gavin Bryars (1943-). This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Schott. Composed 2001-2002. 84 pages. Duration 35'. Schott Music #ED12786. Published by Schott Music (SD.49015916).

Item Number: SD.49015916

ISBN 9790220124518. 8.25x11.75 inches. Italian.

Like many Englishmen I had sung madrigals for pleasure - usually late at night with friends, after several glasses of wine. While these madrigals have their charm, and many are extremely beautiful, I found, as I began an extended exploration of the madrigal as a creative venture, that the richest source lies in the Italian Renaissance.In 1998 I embarked on a project to write a series of madrigals, eventually deciding to collect them in 'books' in the manner of Italian madrigalists, such as Monteverdi or Gesualdo. The Second Book is for an unusual six-part group - the Scandinavian Trio Mediaeval (3 sopranos) and three tenors (John Potter plus two from the Hilliard Ensemble) - and sets Petrarch in the original 14th century Italian. I focused on those sonnets known as the Rima Sparsi (scattered verses) and added one extra Petrarch setting - originally a radiophonic piece (Marconi's Madrigal) for CBC's Marconi Day. Gavin Bryars.

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