Monteverdi's Fifth Book Of Madrigals

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EMS20101212

Robert Hollingworth explores Monteverdi's Fifth Book of madrigals.

This book was a pivotal work in the development of the madrigal; Monteverdi developed the expressive and dramatic style from his previous book of madrigals, and he introduced instruments to the 5-voice ensemble, the beginning of the 'madrigale concertato' style.

The forward-looking declamatory style of this book of madrigals heralded a new dramatic era; just two years later Monteverdi wrote his opera Orfeo.

EMS20101212

Robert Hollingworth explores Monteverdi's Fifth Book of madrigals.

This book was a pivotal work in the development of the madrigal; Monteverdi developed the expressive and dramatic style from his previous book of madrigals, and he introduced instruments to the 5-voice ensemble, the beginning of the 'madrigale concertato' style.

The forward-looking declamatory style of this book of madrigals heralded a new dramatic era; just two years later Monteverdi wrote his opera Orfeo.