mad·​ri·​gal | \ ˈma-dri-gəl How to pronounce madrigal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce madrigal (audio) , -​ˈgā-​ How to pronounce madrigal (audio) \ adjective
madrigalist \ ˈma-​dri-​gə-​list How to pronounce madrigal (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web To order, call 561-297-2337 or go to Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Nutcrackers, Christmas concerts and shows to get into the mistletoe mood," 4 Dec. 2019 Two concerts in the Seaport district follow: Italian madrigals by the Franco-Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore (a recording of which has just been released) next Friday, and a 15th-century program next Saturday., "Blue Heron marks two decades of bringing early vocal music to life - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 Her two Rossi madrigals on texts by Giovanni Guarini were strong, heartfelt and rapturous in expression. Alan Artner,, "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,, "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,, "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 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,, "Weeklong Concert Series Pairs The Music Of Charles Ives With Today's Composers," 1 Aug. 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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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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