Friday, September 9, 2016 by Lisa Barwell | Composing
We learned about the madrigal, a vocal piece set to a love poem. Since we are learning piano, not voice, we wrote a piece for piano instead. Students started by writing a four line poem about something they love. Many students wrote about food but we also had a madrigal about the beach and another about Minecraft!
Then students wrote music to go with their poem using the “A” natural minor scale (also known as “Aeolian Mode,” a mode used during this period).
Here are some of the finished madrigals. I created this heart-shaped worksheet based on Baude Cordier’s, “Belle, bonne, sage” (Concise History of Western Music, 2nd Edition, Hanning, 2002).
What a fun way to incorporate music history into lessons!
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