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Title: Baroque and Classical Wordpainting Techniques

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: Allen L
Date: April 18, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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The English madrigalist, Thomas Weelkes, displays typical characteristics of a madrigal in his work, As Vesta Was Descending from The Triumphes of Oriana (1601). This madrigal paints the image of Vesta, who is the Roman goddess of the hearth (her flame was protected by the nine "Vestal virgins"), descending a hill with her attendants, while Oriana, who is Queen Elizabeth, is climbing the same hill with her young shepherds...

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The main text of the song, and its parallel musical composition, depicts the act of Vesta's attendants deserting her to join the "fair Oriana." Weelkes makes excellent use of word painting in order to create a piece that is as musically colorful and useful in telling a story as are the lyrics. As Vesta Was Descending utilizes six voices, which allows for quite complex harmonies and layers of vocals...

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