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Monteverdi - The Sixth Book of Madrigals - Lamento d'Arianna

By Claudio Monteverdi

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Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Arranged by Mike Lyons. Baroque Period, Renaissance. Set of Parts. 80 pages. Published by Lyons Music Services (S0.258323).

Item Number: S0.258323

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).

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 and release.

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