Jacques Arcadelt


Born: 1505; Ličge, Belgium   Died: October 14, 1568; Paris, France  
While the madrigal is thought of as an Italian and later an English style, it grew from Franco-Flemish polyphonic roots as much as from Italian chordal song styles such as the frottola. Arcadelt from the Netherlands, Philippe Verdelot from France, and Costanzo Festa from Italy are appropriately enough considered the three fathers of the form. Arcadelt's Il bianco e dolce cigno (The White and Sweet Swan) is considered by many to be the epitome of Read more the early Italian four-part madrigal, with its rich harmonies, sophisticated details, and sensual textures. The madrigal was also viewed in Italy (much less so in England) as a way of joining text and music to enhance and illustrate the text, and like many of the Italian madrigalists, Arcadelt was particularly inspired by Petrarca's writing; almost half of his settings are to texts by Petrarca.

Very little is known about Arcadelt's early life in his homeland. In 1538 he left Ličge for the musical courts of Florence, where his first book of madrigals was a great success. It was followed by his second, third, and fourth books, published in 1539, the year he moved to Rome. He wrote almost exclusively for four voices, but even after five-voice writing became dominant his madrigals still remained popular, with even his first book being reprinted over 30 times. The popularity and influence of his techniques also showed in the work of Monteverdi and Palestrina.

In 1555 he moved to France, where he served Charles, the Duke of Guise, as chapel master, and also served in the royal court. Following the French tastes he wrote chansons rather than madrigals. During this period, the two styles were fairly closely linked, as many madrigals were more or less harmonic enrichments of the top vocal line. Most of Arcadelt's chansons are chordal, with the occasional polyphonic piece, such as Souvent amour. He often used rhythmic changes to emphasize the structure of a chord or a critical word in the text. Read less
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    Renaissance Music: England, Italy, Spain, Mexico / Hillier,  Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556723 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giovanni Gastoldi,  Antonio Caprioli,  Loyset Compčre,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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    La bataille d'amour / Maria Ferre
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91507 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grégoire Brayssing,  Guillaume Morlaye,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Nicholas De La Grotte  ... 
    Performer:  Dominique Vellard,  Murat Coskun,  Vincent Fluckiger,  Maria Ferre  ... 
    Conductor:  Maria Ferre
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    Music for the House of a Gentleman
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95090 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Arcadelt,  Anonymous,  Marco Facoli,  Francesco Spinacino  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Trictilla
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    Sulla Lira: The Voice Of Orpheus
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 354 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Alessandro Demofonte,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino,  Serafino Razzi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Behr,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Giovanni Cantarini,  Brigitte Gasser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Miroir de Musique
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    Vita De La Mia Vita / Quartetto Di Liuti Da Milano
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95038 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lodovico da Viadana,  Giovanni Maria Nanino,  Girolamo Parabosco,  Gioseffo Guami  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Lute Quartet
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    Au Sainct Nau / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 198 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jean Mouton,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Clément Janequin  ... 
    Performer:  Yoann Moulin
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
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    Yo Te Quiere Matare: Ministriles En Granada En El Siglo Xvi
    Label: Lindoro   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan de Urrede,  Francisco Guerrero,  Cristóbal de Morales,  Rodrigo de Ceballos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Danserye
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    Il Cor Tristo / Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001949502 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Marsh,  Bernardo Pisano,  Jacques Arcadelt
    Performer:  David James,  Steven Harrold,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gordon Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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    Petitiones Cordis
    Label: Outhere Music   Catalog: 1208 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Eucharius Hoffmann,  Anonymous,  Jacques Arcadelt  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Van Lieshout
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    Ave Maria / Daniel Taylor, Petits Chanteurs Du Mont-royal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29841 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Franz Schubert,  William Byrd,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Alain Lefčvre,  Luc Beauséjour,  Amanda Keesmaat
    Conductor:  Gilbert Patenaude
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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    Jacques Arcadelt: Sacred Works
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777763 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Arcadelt
    Conductor:  Meinolf Brüser
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    Vergine Bella - Madrigalo Da Sonar
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10146 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Giovanni Bassano,  Vincenzo Ruffo  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall,  Marcello Gatti,  Ildikó Kertész,  Thomas Kugler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Desiderio
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    Tabarinades - Musiques Pour Le Theatre De Tabarin / Colpron, Les Boreades
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2658 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lambert de Beaulieu,  Jean D'Estrées,  Michael Praetorius,  Vincenzo Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Francis Colpron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
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    The Lviv Lute / Oleg Timofeyev, Sarmatica
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92134 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Brack,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  John Dowland,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Oleg Timofeyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sarmatica
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    Le Divin Arcadelt: Candlemas In Renaissance Rome / Musica Contexta
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 779 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Arcadelt,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Andreas de Silva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Contexta,  The English Cornett And Sackbut Ensemble
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    Dinastia Borja - The Borgia Dynasty / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9874 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Traditional Arabic-Andalu,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Bertin,  Lluis Vilamajó,  Montserrat Figueras,  Furio Zanasi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespčrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Allegri: Miserere - Renaissance Polyphony & Consort Songs
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1085 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Alessandro Grandi  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
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    Recorders Greate & Smale / Mezzaluna
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 907 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augustine Bassano,  Alfonso (II) Ferrabosco,  Luca Marenzio,  Giovanni Ferretti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mezzaluna
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    An It Please Your Grace
    Label: New Queen's Ha'penny Consort   Catalog: 5637721026 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesare Negri Milanesi,  Claude de Sermisy,  Josquin Des Préz,  Thoinot Arbeau  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Schultz,  Edward Blair,  Mary Myers,  Charles Henderson
    Conductor:  Elvyn Blair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Queen's Ha'penny Consort
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    Ave Maria Through The Centuries / Maria Rota
    Label: Anna Maria Rota   Catalog: 5637570764 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Francis Poulenc,  Luigi Cherubini,  Millard  ... 
    Performer:  John Douglas,  Maria Rota
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    Musa Latina - L'invention De L'antique / Festa, Daedalus
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Le Jeune,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Cypriano de Rore,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Conductor:  Roberto Festa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus Ensemble
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    Alfred Deller Complete Vanguard Recordings - English, French & Italian Madrigals / 6-Disc Set
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 196 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Cypriano de Rore  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
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  • 23.
    Chansons A Plaisir - Le Roy, Morlaye, Arcadelt, Sermisy, Etc / Fires Of Love, Et Al
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34063 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Le Roy,  Claude de Sermisy,  Anonymous,  Thomas Crecquillon  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Ferries,  Jonathan Hugh Jones,  Frances Cooper,  Marcus Claridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
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    Canzoni e Danze / Piffaro
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000993202 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Heinrich Isaac,  Francesco Bendusi,  Giorgio Mainerio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
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    In Vino - Il Vino In Musica Tra Xv E Xvi Secolo / Baronio
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 400004 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Ponçe,  Jacques Arcadelt,  Anonymous,  Pierre Attaingnant  ... 
    Conductor:  Domenico Baronio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Rossignol
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