The Five-part Madrigals of Stradella

Analysis of the four five-voice madrigals that can be attributed without question to Alessandro Stradella: Tirsi un giorno piangea, Pupillette amorose, Piangete, occhi dolenti, and Clori son fido amante. The focus is on Stradella’s compositional technique in polyphony, counterpoint, harmonic procedure, and the treatment of tonality.