Flexi Quintet – Monteverdi, 6th Book of Madrigals (1614) – Lamento d’Arianna
As part of my continuing project to transcribe Monteverdi’s
madrigals onto winds, here is the start of 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-recitative 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).
The first four songs form a kind of introductory scena, which
Monteverdi calls “Lamento d’Arianna”. The first song is Lasciatemi
morire – Let me die.
As with all things madrigalian, the lyrics are rife with double
entendres. Monteverdi uses some very close dissonances to describe death
These four songs contain over 15 minutes of music.
Part 1 in Bb/C (Treble)
Part 2 in Bb/C (Treble)
Part 3 in F/Eb/Bb/C (Alto)
Part 4 in Bb/C (Bass)
Part 5 in Bb/Eb/C (Bass)
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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