The Chester Books Of Madrigals offer an exciting collection of secular European madrigals, partsongs and rounds from the 16th and ear;y 17th centuries, newly edited from early sources by Anthony G. Patti, who contributes copious historical notes to each volume. The majority of the settings are for SATB and simplified keyboard reductions. Texts are in the original languages, with an English translation (for non-English texts) provided at the head of each piece.
Another excellent collection of madrigals in this series. Please see my review of vol 4 (The seasons) for details. This volume in particular is great fun & wonderfully non-politically correct! It reflects people's enjoyment of life's pleasures (& the occasional hangover) all over Europe for 300 + years.
I will certainly purchase more from this series. Anonymous
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