Analysis Of Carlos Gesualdo's Moro

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Analysis of Carlos Gesualdo’s Moro, Lasso
The purpose of this analysis is to understand the aspects that made Carlos Gesualdo’s madrigal unique to the musical history of the renaissance era.

1.) Qualities of motion: This piece has plenty of contrapuntal action. Similar, contrary, oblique, but very little parallel motion. In the first two bars of the repeated coda we get the best example of parallel motion with the top three and bottom two voices moving together. There is also some parallel motion between voices in the very beginning of the piece during the “I die”, but after that each voice is moving independently. The speed at which the voices move is dependent upon the line of text to which it is associated. The opening line declaring “I die” is the slowest part of the madrigal. Even though every other occurrence of this line grows slightly shorter throughout the piece they are still the slowest moving sections when they occur. Gesualdo immediately contrasts this opening section with a much busier section with plenty of text-painting, which will be addressed shorty. The speed of the text helps to create a mood by having the voices slowly drag out words expressing anguish. Or by having the voices move quickly to suggest the crazy nature of life or of love and relationships.

2.) Chromaticism: Chromaticism is a way to bring out expressive passages, words, or to bring out the importance of the subject matter that one might be trying to express. Gesualdo uses many…
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