Flexi Quintet – Monteverdi, 6th Book of Madrigals (1614) – 12. Batto qui pianse
As part of my continuing project to transcribe Monteverdi’s
madrigals onto winds, here is the 6th book. In this book we see a much
greater development towards dramatic representation. In a way, this book
is divisible into two Scenes with a number of single items in between.
The vocal lines are all much more complex and we can also see the
beginnings of monodic writing appear in the semi-recit sections of some
of the songs.
Also clearly developing are delineations of the voices into soloists
and chorus. Several songs in this book are almost akin to arias, with
clear soloistic writing for the higher voices (Cantus/Tenor).
This song, No 12, translates as “Betty, who cried, was imprisoned by
Chloris the shepherd while he hunted a deer”. Needless to say, it was
for romantic reasons!
As with all things madrigalian, the lyrics are rife with double
entendres. Monteverdi uses some very close dissonances to describe death
Full Set (Score and All Parts), Part 1 – Bb Treble, Part 1 – C Treble, Part 2 – Bb Treble, Part 2 – C Treble, Part 3 – Bb Treble Clef, Part 3 – C Alto Clef, Part 3 – Eb Treble Clef, Part 3 – F Treble Clef, Part 4 – Bb Treble Clef, Part 4 – C Bass Clef
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