3 romantic madrigals
for SSATB a cappella

Ronald Hannah
Ronald Hannah
Composition Date: 1985
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
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Programme Note:
Setting out to write in the style of a 5-voice madrigal, I was surprised to discover that they write themselves. I simply determined a harmonic progression for each phrase, decided on some motivic materials, and the individual lines fit together like a jigsaw puzzle - a most pleasureable form in which to work. As I am a modern composer, the form is stretched somewhat. For example, in #3 the harmonic progression goes from F+ to B+ and back in first eight bars, all the while maintaining smooth voice leading! I set myself similar challenges throughout the work. Good amateur choirs will enjoy these pieces; they reward the work needed, and the last one, Jenny Kissed Me, is especially delightful. The first and third movements have been performed, but the entire set awaits a full production.

Premiere Information:
3rd mvt: 15/07/1986 - 1st mvt: 05/07/1996 1st mvt: Expo '86 (outdoor performance) - 3rd mvt: Kathaumixw Festival (Brooks Hall, Powell River) 3rd Mvt: Vancouver - 1st Mvt: Powell River 3rd mvt: Live event, Da Camera Singers, presenter - Expo '86 1st mvt: Live event, Da Camera Singers, presenter - Kathaumixw Festival Conductor: Mel Unger


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 H243thr
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 17, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (22 p.) ; 28 cm.
    22 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Three romantic madrigals.
    Texts in English by Thomas Moore, Charles Lamb, and Leigh Hunt
    1. The time I've lost in wooing
    2. Hester
    3. Jenny kissed me
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