Renaissance Madrigals

Renaissance Madrigals

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Click on this link(Links to an external site.) to be taken to a website about Renaissance music. Read about motets and madrigals, and the differences between them. Also, read abouthomophonic andpolyphonic textures.On the same website,listen to the examples of a motet (“Ave Maria, Gratia Plena”) and a madrigal (“As Vesta Was Descending”).

Step 2

Print out a copy of the lyrics to the Renaissance madrigal by Orlando diLasso.

Madrigal Lyrics.docx or Madrigal Lyrics.pdf

Step 3

Listen to the example of a Renaissance madrigal by Orlando di Lasso. Follow along with the lyrics as you listen to the piece.

Link(Links to an external site.)

Step 4

Listen to Monteverdi’s “Lamento della Ninfa“(Links to an external site.) and follow along with the lyrics(Links to an external site.) here.

Step 5

Think of a song today that has a similar message to either Monteverdi’s madrigal or di Lasso’s madrigal, and post a thread about it.

You will:

1) Name the title and artist of the song you picked.

2) Paste or embed a YouTube link to the song.

3) Refer to some of the lyrics in your song that have a similar message to one of the madrigals.


The humanities aren’t always so reverent, pure, or respectful. Indeed, some of the most interesting works are the most provocative. Don’t be afraid to be provocative here, but please do so in a way that will not deliberately alienate or offend your classmates. Also, please understand that some of these videos and songs posted by classmates may contain sensitive topics.

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