madrigal

noun
mad·ri·gal | \ ˈma-dri-gəl \

Definition of madrigal 

1 : a medieval short lyrical poem in a strict poetic form

2a : a complex polyphonic unaccompanied vocal piece on a secular text developed especially in the 16th and 17th centuries

b : part-song especially : glee

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Other words from madrigal

madrigalian \ˌma-drə-ˈga-lē-ən, -ˈgā- \ adjective
madrigalist \ˈma-dri-gə-list \ noun

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Her two Rossi madrigals on texts by Giovanni Guarini were strong, heartfelt and rapturous in expression. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, "Review: It was Italian Baroque music, and it was spectacular," 9 Apr. 2018 The late-Renaissance composer’s final work, a cycle of 21 madrigals, will be staged by director Peter Sellars in his Ravinia debut. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "With Levine gone, Ravinia bolsters its Bernstein blitz for 2018 season," 14 Mar. 2018 Features madrigals from Books V, VI, VII and VIII, and concertato works from Selva Morale e Spirituale. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: April 2-8," 2 Apr. 2018 Works by Hartke and Shostakovich, plus madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi. Mark Rapp, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Arts listings for March 30-April 5: Spaces' "Monster Drawing Rally" & More," 29 Oct. 2017 This program oozes romance from top to bottom, from erotic Renaissance madrigals to sultry jazz standards plus Shakespearean sonnets to modern-era romance. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "In the mood for love?," 30 Jan. 2018 There are three different orchestras, a chorus, a madrigal singing group and a long-running Nutcracker ballet production. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Weeklong Concert Series Pairs The Music Of Charles Ives With Today's Composers," 1 Aug. 2017 The event featured speakers, prayers, posting of service flags, the laying of a wreath, and patriotic songs performed by the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Memorial Day brings out the crowd in Rancho Bernardo," 29 May 2017 Mozart, Madrigals and More! Pittance Chamber Music, featuring members of the LA Opera Orchestra and Chrous, performs works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, et al.; with guest dancer Damara Titmus. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "L.A. classical music performances, June 4-11: The annual Ojai Music Festival and more," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of madrigal

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for madrigal

Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother

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madrigal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of madrigal

: a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

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