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Madrigal   Listen
noun
Madrigal  n.  
1.
A little amorous poem, sometimes called a pastoral poem, containing some tender and delicate, though simple, thought. "Whose artful strains have oft delayed The huddling brook to hear his madrigal."
2.
(Mus.) An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See Glee.






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"Madrigal" Quotes from Famous Books



... saying, Domenico Was wont of my skill to make such light, That, seeing him go on a certain night Out with his lute, I followed. Hot From a war of words, I heeded not Whither I went, till I heard him twang A madrigal under the lattice where Only the night before I sang. —A double robbery! and I swear 'Twas overmuch for the flesh ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, - No. 22, January, 1873 • Various

... you are as gallant this morning as a court abbe. Do you happen to have been composing a madrigal last night?" ...
— Mauprat • George Sand

... ineditos, vol. X, p. 179. 'Y suplico a sus mercedes sean servidos dar licencia para que se le diga al dicho padre prior [Fray Gabriel Pinelo] que avise a Ana de Espinosa, monja en el monasterio de Madrigal, que envie una caja de unos polvos que ella solia hacer y enviarme para mis melancolias y pasiones de corazon, que ella sola los sabe hacer, y nunca tuve dellos mas necesidad que agora; y sobre todo que me encomiende ...
— Fray Luis de Leon - A Biographical Fragment • James Fitzmaurice-Kelly

... thread of an old-fashioned madrigal which he had often heard his mother sing, with quaint words long since gone out of style and hardly to be understood, and between the staves a warbling, wordless refrain which he had learned out on the hills and in the fields, picked up from a ...
— Master Skylark • John Bennett

... play, and had been written by a court poet especially for the children, of whose acting the Queen was fond. There were dances and songs—a sailor's contra-dance to the music of a horn pipe, a stately passamezzo by the Indian court, a madrigal and an ode in compliment to the Queen.[3] Finally the leader of the white men planted the banner of England on the little knoll, and in the name of his sovereign received the homage of the Indians. The last notes of the final chorus ...
— Days of the Discoverers • L. Lamprey

... might eventually undermine. The scarlet of her lips had not had time to abate, and just now it appeared still more intense by the absence of the neighbouring and more transient colour of her cheek. The lips frequently parted, with a murmur of words. She seemed to belong rightly to a madrigal—to require viewing ...
— The Return of the Native • Thomas Hardy

... life's deep sea Will be the salts of this chemistry, And the lisp of the infantile A, B, C Be the refrain of this madrigal. ...
— Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z • Various

... the nimble fingers of M. Tappe's young ladies, busy with the compilation of engaging bonnets for the fair, now stand upon wine-dark shelves the rich gold and amber of fine bindings. We were moved by this sight. We said in our heart, we will erect a small madrigal upon this theme, entitled: "Song Upon Certain Songbirds of the Elizabethan Age Now Garnishing the Chamber Erstwhile Bright With the Stuffed Plumage of the Milliner." To the Messrs. Drake we mentioned the interesting letter of Mr. J. Acton Lomax in yesterday's Tribune, ...
— Plum Pudding - Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned • Christopher Morley

... lying where were glimpses of blue sky, where the leaves quivered and a squirrel chattered and a robin sang a madrigal. Youth the divine, half way down the stair of misty yesterdays, turned upon his heel and came back to him. He pillowed his head upon his arm, and was content. It was well to be so filled with fancies, so iron ...
— Audrey • Mary Johnston



Words linked to "Madrigal" :   music, madrigalist, partsong, sing



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