AskDefine | Define madrigal

Dictionary Definition

madrigal n : an unaccompanied partsong for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form v : sing madrigals; "The group was madrigaling beautifully"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a song for a small number of unaccompanied voices; from 13th century Italy
  2. a polyphonic song for about six voices, from 16th century Italy
  3. a short poem, often pastoral, and suitable to be set to music


Extensive Definition

Madrigal may refer to:
In gaming
  • Madrigal a fantasy LARP which uses the Accelerant system.
In music
  • Madrigal (music), a musical form of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Madrigal (Trecento), an unrelated musical form of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries
  • Madrigal (ensemble) an early music group formed in 1965 by the Russian composer and harpsichord player Andrey Volkonsky
  • "Madrigal", a song by British progressive rock band Yes, from the album Tormato
  • "Madrigal", a song by Swedish progressive metal band Opeth
  • "Madrigal", a song by the Canadian rock band Rush
  • "Madrigal", a song by Japanese band Malice Mizer
  • Madrigal, a Canadian pop group who released the "Sunshine and Baked Beans" album in 1970
  • Madrigal, a British acid folk group who released the "Beneath the Greenwood Tree" album in 1973
  • Madrigal, an American psych group who released a self-titled album with theremin in the 1970s, Spyder 136
  • Madrigal, a different American group who play progressive rock
  • Madrigal, a symphonic rock group from France who released the "School of Time" album in 1978
  • Madrigal, a gothic doom metal group from Sweden who released the "I Die, You Soar" album in 2001
  • Madrigal, a music album by Japanese singer Chara (singer)
In fiction and literature
madrigal in Czech: Madrigal
madrigal in German: Madrigal
madrigal in Spanish: Madrigal
madrigal in Dutch: Madrigaal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, cantata, chanson, choral singing, chorus, clerihew, dirge, dithyramb, eclogue, elegy, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, georgic, ghazel, glee, haiku, idyll, jingle, limerick, lyric, madrigaletto, monody, narrative poem, nursery rhyme, ode, oratorio, palinode, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, poem, prothalamium, rhyme, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, satire, sestina, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, tanka, tenso, tenzone, threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, unison, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay
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