Madrigals. Part 4, Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci : (Venice, 1606) / Marco da Gagliano ; edited by Edmond Strainchamps.

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  • Middleton, Wisconsin : A-R Editions, Inc., [2021]
  • ©2021
1 score (xix, 92 pages, 3 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, facsimiles ; 31 cm.


Library of Congress genre(s)
  • monochrome rdacc
  • illustration facsimile rdaill
Summary note
"Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, the fourth of six books of madrigals by the Florentine composer Marco da Gagliano, was published in 1606. The book is distinguished by the excellence of its music as well as by its varied settings of texts by some of the most celebrated poets of the day. Five of the madrigals use texts by Giovanni Battista Guarini, three by Giambattista Marino, one each by Gabriello Chiabrera, Cosimo Galletti, and Alsaldo Cebà, and a final two-part madrigal for six voices sets a sonnet by the great fourteenth-century poet Francesco Petrarca. In addition to fourteen madrigals by Gagliano, the book contains three by guest composers Luca Bati and Giovanni and Lorenzo Del Turco. Gagliano's madrigals in book 4, in contrast with those of his earlier books, are lighter and show the clear influence of the contemporary canzonetta, which is manifested in their brevity; the discrete sectioning of the music, frequently with concurrent rests in all the voices that separate the presentation of individual poetic lines; the omnipresent syllabic setting of words; and the simpler and shorter motives that are most often presented in a homophonic texture. In some of these madrigals, motives shaped by the melody and rhythm of spoken language might serve well in monodies. Indeed, in his magisterial study of the madrigal, Alfred Einstein went so far as to suggest that some of these madrigals have the effect of polyphonic, imitative arrangements of Florentine monodies." -- Provided by publisher.
Introduction and critical report in English.
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Includes bibliographical references.
Language note
Italian words; also printed separately as text with English translation.
Staff notation.
  • Luci vezzose e belle / Cosimo Galletti
  • Troppo ben può questo tiranno Amore ; Perfidissimo volto ; Occhi, un tempo mia vita ; Tutt'eri foco, Amore / Giovanni Battista Guarini
  • O chiome erranti, o chiome ; Ben quel puro candore / Giambattista Marino
  • Lumi, miei cari lumi / Guarini
  • Hor che lunge da voi / Gabriello Chiabrera
  • Fugge dal tuo bel viso / Ansaldo Cebà ; [composed by] Giovanni Del Turco
  • Per far nova rapina / Marino ; [composed by] Lorenzo Del Turco
  • Neve tu mi rassembri il mio bel ghiaccio / Luca Bati
  • Ecco l'alba, ecco il giorno hor ti risveglia
  • Ove sì lieti, o bel drappel d'amanti
  • Quel vivo sole ardente
  • I' vo piangendo i miei passati tempi / Francesco Petrarca.
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Quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci
  • 9781987206715 ((print ; : paperback))
  • 1987206711 ((print ; : paperback))
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