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How to Choose Your Madrigal Dinner MusicChoosing selections for any group to perform can be difficult. There are many different pieces to choose from. It can be difficult to find the perfect music for a madrigal. There are some suggestions.
First, consider who is performing. Have these performers been in madrigals in that past? How well do they read music? What type of music are they used to performing? These are all very important questions. Madrigals can be very stressful if the performers aren't used to Renaissance music or arenít trained enough for music so difficult.
Another very important factor is what voice parts or instruments are being played. If itís a vocal choir, are the singers prepared to sing with harmonies? Only use music that the performers can play or sing and the director can teach to the performers.
If people who perform regularly are performing the madrigal, consider reusing music they have already performed. If new music is preferred, music can be bought at local music stores, through companies, or online.
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