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As part of my continuing project to transcribe Monteverdi's madrigals onto winds, here is the 6th book. In this book we see a much greater development towards dramatic representation. In a way, this book is divisible into two Scenes with a number of single items in between. The vocal lines are all much more complex and we can also see the beginnings of monodic writing appear in the semi-recit sections of some of the songs.
Also clearly developing are delineations of the voices into soloists and chorus. Several songs in this book are almost akin to arias, with clear soloistic writing for the higher voices (Cantus/Tenor).
The first four songs form a kind of introductory scena, which Monteverdi calls "Lamento d'Arianna" and there is a second named group "Sestina".
This song, No 12, translates as "Betty, who cried, was imprisoned by Chloris the shepherd while he hunted a deer". Needless to say, it was for romantic reasons!
As with all things madrigalian, the lyrics are rife with double entendres. Monteverdi uses some very close dissonances to describe death and release.
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