Fauré wrote his Madrigal for 4 voices and piano in 1883, during his period as choirmaster at the Église de la Madeleine in Paris. He had begun to enjoy some success as a composer, particularly following the première of his first violin sonata in 1877, and this work came at an important time in Fauré’s personal life as he both got married to and had his first child by Marie Fremiet.

The Madrigal references the Renaissance tradition through its use of imitative contrapuntal writing, and of course its title. The music is a setting of a poem by Armand Silvestre, and was written as a wedding present to André Messager, a former pupil and lifelong friend of Fauré’s.

Parts included:

  • Score
  • Piano
  • Trumpet 1 in B-flat
  • Trumpet 2 in B-flat
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone