Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rest, Sweet Nymphs: Pastoral origins of the English madrigal
by Van Oort, Danielle, M.A., Marshall University, 2016, 264; 10117964
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is an interdisciplinary study of the impact pastoral themes in art, literature, and music had on the stylistic and thematic development of the late-Renaissance English madrigal (ca. 1590–1620), specifically works by Elizabethan composers. Madrigals were profoundly influenced by poetry and visual art as the basis for text and subject matter. Consequently, many English madrigals, both light and serious forms, cultivated Arcadian themes presented in Italian idyllic art and literature of the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Works discussed throughout each chapter include Jacopo Sannazaro’s poetic collection, Arcadia (ca. 1489), Edmund Spenser’s seasonal eclogues, The Shepheardes Calender (1579), Oliver Isaac’s portrait of Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses (ca. 1590), Francis Pilkington’s madrigal “Rest, Sweet Nymphs” (1605), and Thomas Tomkin’s ballett “See, See the Shepherds’ Queen” (1622), among others. Analyses of rustic imagery, such as landscape, allegory, and expressive tone, in individual works draw thematic connections between pastoral repertoires throughout Europe, which affected the English pastoral tradition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stroeher, Vicki P.
Commitee: Bingham, Ann M., Dean, Terry L., Stroeher, Vicki P.
School: Marshall University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Arcadia, English madrigal, Madrigal, Pastoral, Pastoral literature, Pastoral painting
Publication Number: 10117964
ISBN: 9781339793337
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