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re: Let's Make Our Community Better

Further to Marie's e-mail message of March 14, I would like to call attention to a modest effort at community-building, namely my Web site devoted to the Italian madrigal:
I set up the site about a year ago, partly out of dissatisfaction with the repertoire available in print and on the Web, and partly because a large number of my own transcriptions were not being put to use my anybody except myself and my a cappella vocal group Amici Musicali. 
I realize that the range of interest covered by the rubric "Chamber Choir/Vocal Ensemble" is vast, and that the Italian madrigal is not everyone's cup of tea (or cappuccino), but those interested in this little-explored repertoire may find the site to be a useful resource.  Also, on the "About This Site" page, I have a number of personal observations, which probably apply to small vocal ensembles in general, regarding the challenges and rewards of starting up and sustaining a madrigal group.
Marty Morell
New York, NY
Replies (3): Threaded | Chronological
on March 17, 2011 4:02pm
Thanks so much for posting this in our forum.  I would love to have your observations. Please feel free to post some of your ideas here!
  I started my group--the Midwest Motet Society--in January of 2006 so I am sure to have similar views.  Or maybe not.  I choose "motet" because it can be more of a general term than madrigals.  We've sung motets and madrigals as well as  music written for vocal quartets--Brahms Liebeslieder, Schubert quartets--despite the fashion of singing them with a larger group. 
on December 14, 2011 10:54am
I have been to your wonderful website on many occasions, as I am continuously searching for interesting pieces for my workshop in Sarteano.
Thank you so very much for all you have done and continue to do for the cause!
Brian O'Connell
Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop
on December 15, 2011 5:32pm
Thank you greatly for your comments -- I greatly appreciate this kind of feedback.
The number of Italian madrigals and texts/translations that can be downloaded in PDF and MIDI formats, free of charge, is now approaching 250, and I continue to add to the repertoire as time permits.  Some new items by Wert, Achille Falcone and Paolo Bellasio will be appearing soon.
Also, please put me on the mailing list for your Sarteano workshop.
Best regards,
Marty Morell
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