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Conductor and presenter Robert Hollingworth tells the story of 'Fair Phyllis' - an English madrigal by John Farmer. He explains how devices such as polyphony and stretto are used to reinforce and support the action in the story. It is accompanied by a performance of the song from vocal ensemble I Fagiolini.
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28 September 1992

Classroom Ideas

Organise students in groups to create a short unaccompanied vocal piece in which they can demonstrate word painting in the textures, using polyphony, homophony, higher voices, lower voices and so on.

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