Flexi Quintet – Monteverdi, 4th Book of Madrigals – Scena (Nos 06 and 07)


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Monteverdi – Fourth Book
of Madrigals 1603

In this book, Monteverdi
continues to develop the techniques and writing practices that would eventually
form the first opera and his “Stile Nuovo”. The polyphony becomes more complex
and more tonal and the interdependence of the parts more striking. He is
experimenting with more dissonance but also moves towards more tonal writing.
Although a far cry from the “I IV V and minor” of the modern pop song, he is nonetheless
helping to push forward a more diatonic type of harmony with a more dramatic
tonal and harmonic structure that goes much more towards true word painting
than his previous books.

These two songs form a scena or scene, with the second song completing the text of the first.

6. Anima mia perdona – My soul forgives

7. Che se tu se ‘ il cor
mio – That if you are as good as my heart

As with all of Monteverdi’s vocal
music, it translates really well onto instruments. The individual
madrigals are available separately. This flexible arrangement is equally
playable on woodwind ensembles as on brass.

Flexible quintet parts are supplied as follows:

Part 1 in Bb/C (Treble),
Part 2 in Bb/C (Treble),
Part 3 in Bb/Eb/F/C (Alto),
Part 4 in Bb/C (Bass) and
Part 5 in Bb/Eb/C (Bass )

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Medieval and Renaissance


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