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CLIP 5216

Understanding madrigals

Understanding madrigals
Key Info
  • Understanding madrigals
  • Duration: 01:52
  • Conductor and Radio 3 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'.
  • Subject:



    Music From The British Isles

  • Keywords: folk song, madrigal, polyphony, stretto, vocal
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in work on folk songs and madrigals.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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