Three Madrigals (Michael Winikoff)
- Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2007-09-12). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 448 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: All three madrigals are for three voice parts, and can be sung by a mezzo-soprano and two men; or by a mezzo, an alto, and a male. If the middle part is sung by an alto, then the male should double the low D in bar 12 of Since First. A Request from the Composer: Feel free to print and sing these pieces, but please let me know if you perform them, and I would appreciate a copy of any recordings made.
Title: Three Madrigals
Composer: Michael Winikoff
First published: 2006
Description: These madrigals, written on the 12th and 13th of August, 2006, were inspired by madrigals that are part of the standard repertoire of the Australian University Choral Societies.
The first madrigal, Since first, is a love song, which was dedicated to my then-wife. It should be sung gently, with bars 12 to 18 being particularly lyrical. The second madrigal, Weep, began as being inspired by Weep O mine eyes, but ended up with a more biblical text, loosely based on the lamentations of Jeremiah. The third and final madrigal, Pastime, is inspired by the well-known work by Henry VIII. It adopts harmonies that suggest a medieval atmosphere, while using a rather modern alternating 3/4 and 6/8 time signature (à la Bernstein).
Original text and translations
1. Since first I saw your face, I resolv'd to love you.
2. Weep, o weep, o weep;
Weep for your children, Jerusalem.
Weep, o weep, o weep.
3. Original text and translations may be found at Pastime with good company (Henry VIII).