• WordNet 3.6
    • v madrigal sing madrigals "The group was madrigaling beautifully"
    • n madrigal an unaccompanied partsong for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Madrigal A little amorous poem, sometimes called a pastoral poem, containing some tender and delicate, though simple, thought. "Whose artful strains have oft delayed The huddling brook to hear his madrigal ."
    • Madrigal (Mus) An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See Glee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n madrigal A medieval poem or song, amorous, pastoral, or descriptive. The distinguishing characteristics of the madrigal are now hard to determine.
    • n madrigal In music
    • n madrigal A musical setting of such a poem. Strict madrigal-writing involves the use of a canto fermo, adherence to one of the ecclesiastical modes throughout, the abundant use of contrapuntal imitation in all its varieties, and the absence of instrumental accompaniment. This form of composition appeared in the Low Countries in the fifteenth century, and soon spread to Italy, Germany, France, and England. In Italy and England it attained a notable perfection and beauty, passing over in the latter country into the modern glee. Madrigals were written for from three to eight or more voices. The sentiments embodied varied from grave to gay, with a constant tendency to the latter. The choruses in the earlier operas and oratorios were madrigals.
    • n madrigal A glee or partsong in general, irrespective of contrapuntal qualities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Madrigal mad′ri-gal (mus.) a piece of music for the voice in five or six parts: a short poem expressing a graceful and tender thought
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. madrigale, OIt. madriale, mandriale,cf. LL. matriale,); of uncertain origin, possibly fr. It mandra, flock, L. mandra, stall, herd of cattle, Gr. ma`ndra fold, stable; hence, madrigal, originally, a pastoral song
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., from mandra, a sheep-fold—L. mandra.


In literature:

Willaert is regarded by many as the founder of the madrigal, of which there is more to be said presently.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Her published compositions took the shape of two volumes of madrigals, issued in 1568 and 1583.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
There was time to make madrigals, to make eyes, to make love, to imagine portraits.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
They sang us old-time motettes, madrigals, ballads, and we were taken back to our own country by the soothing harmonies of Weelkes.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
His "Madrigal" has much style and humor.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
MADRIGAL sung in 1550, 360 etc.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
This was Madrigal, the Mexican Jew.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Perhaps it might be that we rode through woodland in the falling dusk while the nesting birds sang madrigals of love.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
I have drawn freely from the madrigals of Weelkes, Morley, Farmer, Wilbye and others.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
Like Orazio Vecchi he was interested in converting the madrigal to dramatic purposes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

And one on the master's finger,
He piped the sweetest of all,
In his heart was the joy of summer,
In his voice its madrigal.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
In the still, dark shade of the palace wall,
Where the peacocks strut,
Where the queen may have heard my madrigal,
Together we sat.
"El Manolo" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
My lift of emerald hills against the blue
From blue; the feathery mists of waterfalls;
The winged gems that flash the foliage through,
Filling the air with fluted madrigals.
"At Anchor" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
No longer bards with madrigal and sonnet
Shall woo to moonlight walks the ribboned sex,
But side by side the beaver and the bonnet
Stroll, calmly pondering on some problem's x.
"The Coming Era" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Once more the starlight is silvering all;
The roses sleep by the garden wall;
The night bird warbles his madrigal,
And I hear again through the sweet air fall
The evening bugle-call.
"Lost Light" by Elizabeth Akers Allen
The green meadows and groves in their loneliness pine,
Whilst the dryads no more in their madrigals join,
The breeze once so joyous now murmurs and sighs,
And blows soft o'er the spot where my lov'd Laeta lies.
"Laeta; A Lament" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Wood Sylvan Singers present annual Madrigal Dinner event.
Wood High School Sylvan Singers Jasmyne Salmon (left) and Jessica Napierski perform a jesters routine during the Madrigal Dinner on Saturday at the Vacaville Opera House.
Madrigal Dinner is Dec 7 and 8 at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center.
Make checks payable to OHS Madrigals .
Related Stories for Madrigal Dinner.
Shasta High's Madrigal Dinner is a time machine to Elizabethian England.
Tickets are $15 per person, and checks can be made payable to OHS Madrigals .
Binghamton Madrigal Choir, Around the Tiers.
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Madrigal Choir is gearing up to present two concerts for the last weekend in November.
Seat reservations are open for the annual Tolland High School Madrigal Dinner, to be held on Dec 14 and 15 at 6 pm in the Tolland High School cafeteria, One Eagle Hill, Tolland.
Church hosts madrigal -style dinner.
Iowa Lakes Madrigal Feaste approacheth.
Madrigals is a Renaissance-style holiday banquet and perfromance.
Politics / Media Secretly, Al Madrigal Loves Us.
Checks may be made payable to OHS Madrigals .

In science:

Contreras, and S. D´iaz-Madrigal, Classification of semigroups of linear fractional maps in the unit ball, Adv.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
Contreras, and S. D´iaz-Madrigal, Infinitesimal generators associated with semigroups of linear fractional maps, J.
Pluripotential theory, semigroups and boundary behavior of infinitesimal generators in strongly convex domains
Recently Bracci, Contreras, and D´ıaz-Madrigal [9, 10] have introduced a new approach in Loewner Theory in order to develop a general construction, which contains, as quite special cases, the radial and chordal Loewner evolutions as well as one-parametric semigroups of holomorphic functions.
Geometry behind chordal Loewner chains
According to the new approach in the Loewner Theory introduced by Bracci, Contreras, and D´ıaz-Madrigal [9, 10], the essence of this theory can be represented by the relations and interplay between three notions: Loewner chains, evolution families and Herglotz vector fields.
Geometry behind chordal Loewner chains
Contreras, and S. D´ıaz-Madrigal, Evolution Families and the Loewner Equation I: the unit disk, Preprint 2008.
Geometry behind chordal Loewner chains