Social singing defined choral music making in the Renaissance Era. Read the text from John Farmer’s Fair Phyllis below, and answer the question following.
Farmer: Fair Phyllis
Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone,
Feeding her flock near to the mountain side.
The shepherds knew not whither she was gone,
But after her lover Amynthas hied.
Up and down he wandered, whilst she was missing;
When he found her, oh, then they fell a- kissing.
For this discussion exercise, post your answers to the following questions/prompts:
1. Summarize the scenario in your own words:
2. How does the music reflect the text?
3. Recompose the text of the madrigal to reflect a contemporary experience:
Fair Phyllis: New madrigal: (fill in the blanks with your text/life event/scenario
Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone, ___________________________________________
Feeding her flock near to the mountain side. ___________________________________________
The shepherds knew not wither she was gone, ___________________________________________
But after her lover Amynthas hied. ___________________________________________
Up and down he wandered, whilst she was missing; ___________________________________________
When he found her, oh, then they fell a- kissing. ___________________________________________
4. Summarize the scenario of your new madrigal:
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