Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi and the madrigal

Concert-vocal-ecole-italienne-XVIe-siecle©Bourges-Musee-des-arts-decoratifs-hotel-LallemantFrom the fourteenth century onwards, Italy saw the successive appearance of two forms of madrigal: the first lasted only a century (from 1320 to 1420 approximately), and the second was born in the sixteenth century (around 1520). A poetic and vocal genre, mainly secular (although there are also religious pieces), this second form of madrigal is a synthesis between the Franco-Flemish style and more popular traditional Italian vocal music. Contemporary with Italian humanism, this genre particularly illustrates the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, from the prima prattica to the seconda prattica.

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