Here are some of the reasons I believe this book to be an excellent learning resource. …
…These 17 hymns and chants, dating from the 14th through the early-18th centuries, are sung in Greek, Romanian, Latin, and Italian, and are beautiful examples of early vocal music, sung as closely as possible to the way they were historically. The beauty of these pieces is powerful and striking, and the growing complexity of the melodies as the pieces move chronologically through the centuries is fascinating to follow…
Madrigal is dedicated to René Clair. Why? In 1955, this French director made Les grands manœuvres (Summer Manœuvres), in which Gérard Philipe plays a young officer who accepts a bet that he can win the heart of Michèle Morgan, who plays the most beautiful and mysterious woman in town.
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest.
Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque. Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L'Orfeo, an innovative work that is the earliest surviving opera that is still regularly performed. He was recognized as an innovative composer and enjoyed considerable fame in his lifetime.
A little classical guitar and orchestra?
In my rush to find the best guitarists in the classical genre, I found Pepe Romero, Spanish guitarist member of the legendary guitar group Los Romeros of Spain. I heard this LP on the radio for many, many years, to be exact is the "Concierto Madrigal for 2 Guitars" by Joaquín Rodrigo. Besides accompanying in The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Orchestra, conducted by Neville Marriner.