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April is in My Mistress’ Face

Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Thomas Morley
Arranger:   Kenneth Churchill
Publisher:   Bourne
Edition:   3537-5
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Br. Paul Richards
The St. John’s Boys Choir, Collegeville 1995
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This is a very predictable setting of the popular 16th century madrigal and is particularly suitable for teaching melodramatic expression.

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June 18th, 2011|Categories: CHILDREN & YOUTH|Tags: |Comments Off on April is in My Mistress’ Face

I Delight in All Your Beauty

Category:   HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Composer:   Giovanni Gastoldi
Arranger:   Patrick Liebergen
Publisher:   Shawnee Press
Edition:   MS.A2179
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Steve Dietz
Alexandria High School 2010
R&R Chair High School Choirs

This Italian madrigal (or for the purists – baletto!) has been edited for four voices by Patrick Liebergen. It includes Italian and a […]

October 23rd, 2010|Categories: HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS|Tags: |Comments Off on I Delight in All Your Beauty

Joyfully Sing With Pleasure

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Adriano Banchieri
Arranger:   Patrick M. Liebergen
Publisher:   BriLee Music
Edition:   BL304
Voicing:   SAB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Stacey Wright Koehler
Breck School 2003
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High

Originally titled Nobili Spettatori, this lively madrigal by Italian composer Adriano Banchieri has been adapted by Patrick Liebergen […]

September 27th, 2003|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Tags: |Comments Off on Joyfully Sing With Pleasure

Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers

Category:   HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Composer:   John Wilbye
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Arista Music Company
Edition:   AE 494
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Robert Sieving
Apollo High School, St. Cloud 1997
R&R Chair High School Choirs

John Wilbye followed the Italian style of madrigal writing though his pieces were not always modeled on the previous works […]

October 31st, 1997|Categories: HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS|Tags: |Comments Off on Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers

Now Is the Month of Mayin

Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Thomas Morley
Arranger:   G. Wallace Woodworth
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   825
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Br. Paul Richards
The St. John’s Boys Choir, Collegeville 1995
R&R Chair Children & Youth

This is a madrigal from the 16th century with a fa-la-la chorus. The setting is predictable. It is […]

September 6th, 1995|Categories: CHILDREN & YOUTH|Tags: |Comments Off on Now Is the Month of Mayin

Il bianco e dolce cigno

Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   Jacob Arcadelt
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Walton Pub. Co.
Edition:   W7019
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Harry A. Mechell
Winona State University 1993
R&R Chair College & University

“ll Bianco E Dolce Cigno,” a beautiful four-part madrigal setting by the sixteenth century composer, Jacob Arcadelt, is full of the madrigalisms […]

September 20th, 1993|Categories: COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY|Tags: |Comments Off on Il bianco e dolce cigno

Il Est Bel Et Bon (He Is Good and Handsome)

Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Passereau
Arranger:   Norman Greyson
Publisher:   Bourne Co
Edition:   B205385 353
Voicing:   SSAA
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Judy Sagen
Eagan High School 1991
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

This delightful madrigal must be sung lightly, rather fast, and full of animation. Dynamic contrasts add to the excitement of the piece and the accents […]

November 18th, 1991|Categories: SSAA CHOIRS|Tags: |Comments Off on Il Est Bel Et Bon (He Is Good and Handsome)

I Cannot Conceal It

Category:   MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH
Composer:   Pierre Certon
Arranger:   Norman Greyson
Publisher:   Bourne
Edition:   B 205864-35
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Marlys Moscoe-Fiterman
Mounds Park Academy, Crystal 1991
R&R Chair Middle Level & Jr High

French Madrigal – Could easily be done in French, although the French here is Old French, great for […]

October 5th, 1991|Categories: MIDDLE LEVEL & JR HIGH|Tags: |Comments Off on I Cannot Conceal It

Now Is the Month of Maying

Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Thomas Morley
Arranger:   Wilson/Ehret
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   5215
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Judy Sagen
Eagan High School 1990
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

This madrigal written by Morley contains strong dance-like rhythms with subtle dynamic contrasts. This piece can be used by both a women’s choir or small […]

November 13th, 1990|Categories: SSAA CHOIRS|Tags: |Comments Off on Now Is the Month of Maying