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SSA or SSAA: Madrigals



I received many excellent responses to my query on Madrigals written or
arranged for women.

The majority of the responses mentioned The A Capella Singer for Women's
Voices (see below)

The A Capella Singer Women's Voices
A Collection of motets, madrigals, chansons, carols, ayres, ballets,
etc. Edited by H. Clough-Leighter. Published by Schirmer first in 1936
and then renewed in 1963. All arrnged for SSA or SSAA.

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Other suggestions:


ECS Publishing in Boston MA has a wealth of madrigals in arrangements.
Invitation to Madrigals series edited by Thurston Dart consists of small
64-page books in specific voicings. Call them and ask for a catalog or a
listing. There are many.

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Kodaly's 'Quattro madrigali' are wonderful.

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Thomas Morley 3 voice cansonets, suuuper mmmmm.

For the more sophisticated John Wilbye nos. 1, 2, 3, and 5 in his First set
of Madrigals. - Each one absolute joy!

Also William Byrd second set of Madrigals No.1, 3,4, 5 (alto a bit low
sometimes)

Published by Stainer & Bell / Galaxy Music

For contemporary, get the list from Musica Baltica (www.musicabaltica.com)
of
the songs for women's ensembles e.g. by Peteris Plakidis. Words may be in
Latvian (completely phonetic), fascinating stuff.

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Please go to http://consortpress.com/Equal.html

We would recommend LOVE SONGS IN THE ROUND (A kind-of 20th C. madrigal)
If you want something really off-beat and challenging, you should take a
look at
TRAIN.

You can also find his French madrigal "IL COURT, LE FURET" in the Theodore
Presser
catalog - #312-40525.

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My women's vocal ensemble, SHE, is really enjoying working Ernst Krenek's
set of three; available from Rongwen Music. Very short, a cappella, ssa,
very sprightly and cute, and well written. All on spring themes. Title :
Three Madrigals

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I have written a few that may be of interest:

1) Sign No More Ladies SSA Heritage Music Press
(Shakespeare text from Much Ado About Nothing...new music, accompanied or a
cappella, just released)
2) A Maiden's Farewell SSA Shawnee Press
(a cappella)
3) A Festive Madrigal SSA Heritage Music Press
(accompanied or a cappella, holiday text, new release)

(Linda Spevacek)

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Thank you to all who responded. I hope this is of help to those who asked
for a compilation.

Mark
lucas(a)kwu.edu









on July 19, 2006 10:00pm
I have been very interested in Kodaly's "Quatro Madrigali" (mentioned above) for quite some time now but have been unable to locate anyone who publishes them. If you know of a publisher, please contact me!