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 Madrigals (Books IV to VIII) & Instrumental Pieces

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
La Main Harmonique – 5 voices, theorbo & viola da gamba

The madrigal is the most important secular vocal genre of the Italian Renaissance. Popular throughout most of the sixteenth century, its success continued until the early seventeenth century, thus serving as a “laboratory” (etymologically the “workplace”) for avant-garde composers. It was one of the musical forms therefore that symbolised the ideal of the Renaissance, and the vehicle by which the Baroque musical language was formed. Claudio Monteverdi’s eight madrigal books alone show many aspects of this shift between “prima prattica” and “seconda prattica”, between the aesthetics of the Renaissance world and that of the emerging Baroque world.

The last years of the sixteenth century are marked by a great diversity of styles with composers such as Andrea Gabrieli, Luca Marenzio, Carlo Gesualdo, Luzzasco Luzzaschi and Claudio Monteverdi in particular. What characterises the madrigal of this period is above all an increased theatrical dimension.

At this crossroads the controversy around vocal technique and the role of the singer was lively. Caccini, in his preface to Nuove Musiche, explained that singing must be about attitude, “leggiadria” (beauty / lightness) and “sprezzatura” (nonchalance – which hides artifice) at the service of eloquence. It is based on these testimonies that the musicians of La Main Harmonique strive to create the freshness, the tempo, the exteriority and the fluidity of the literary discourse.

Monteverdi himself said that the ultimate goal of music was emotion “Where better than in our amorous state can we perceive these “affetti”? It is in this “stato amoroso” that the subtle transformations of the soul take place.



Claudio Monteverdi

Magnificat – Selva morale e spirituale

Cor mio mentre vi miro – Livre IV

O come sei gentile – Livre VII

Ohime, se tanto amate – Livre IV

Lettera amorosa (Sei languidi miei sguardi)- Livre VII


Alessandro Piccinini

Toccata VI (instrumental)


Claudio Monteverdi

Al lume delle stelle – Livre VII

Si, ch’io vorrei morire – Livre IV

Interrotte speranze – Livre VII

Sfogava con le stelle – Livre IV

Lamento della Ninfa – Livre VIII


Vincenzo Bonizzi

Jouissance vous donneray (instrumental)


Claudio Monteverdi

Tu dormi – Livre VII

Io mi son giovinetta – Livre IV

Su su su pastorelli – Livre VIII

Chi vol aver felice – Livre VIII

Photos & Vidéos

En tournée – été 2017


Concert duration : 1h15
Performers (5 singers / 2 musicians) :

La Main Harmonique

Nadia Lavoyer, Canto

Judith Derouin, Canto

Frédéric Bétous , Alto

Guillaume Gutierrez, Tenore,

Romain Bockler, Basso

Etienne Floutier, viole de gambe

Ulrik Gaston Larsen, théorbe

Details : juliette.magniez@lamainharmonique.fr

Next dates:

Last concerts

  • 17 décembre 2017 – Mozart@Augsburg – Augsburg, Allemagne
  • 10 août 2017 – Les Soirées musicales de Roquefixade, (Roquefixade, 09), Ensemble La Main Harmonique
  • 9 août 2017 – Le Labyrinthe musical en Rouergue, (Villefranche de Rouergue, 12) Ensemble La Main Harmonique
  • 8 août 2017 – Musicales en Auxois (Vic-sous-Thil, 21), Collégiale, Ensemble La Main Harmonique
  • 16 juillet 2015 – Festival de Saintes (Saintes, 17), Abbaye aux Dames, Ensembles La Main Harmonique & La Rêveuse
  • 30 Juillet 2015, à 20h30, à La Romieu, Festival Musique en Chemin, Ensembles La Main Harmonique & La Rêveuse
  • 18 juin 2014 – Les Vendredis baroques (Dardilly, 69), Ensembles La Main Harmonique & La Rêveuse

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