Fauré - Madrigal (Inhumaines) for SATB Choir, Piano, and String Duet or Clarinet Trio

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Madrigal - Without Mercy (Inhumaines)

Music by Gabriel Fauré
Lyrics by Armand Silvestre
Arranged and translated by William J. Bullock

Grade 3
Duration 4:15

This lighthearted part-song was composed by Gabriel Fauré in 1883 as a wedding gift to his friend and former student, the composer and conductor André Messager. Given the nature of the text, we must assume the gift was in jest. The title, “Madrigal”, is curious, for the piece is not at all a madrigal in the traditional sense. While it does involve some straightforward counterpoint, it is, atypically for a madrigal, accompanied and suffused with romantic harmony.

Please review our electronic delivery policy before purchasing the digital download version of this title. The digital edition entitles the user to print as many copies of the SATB part as needed for your ensemble. Note that due to this flexibility, we are unable to offer a discount on the download.

The accompaniment in this arrangement is scored for piano plus either violin/cello duet, or clarinet trio (two B-flat plus bass clarinet). This can also be performed with piano alone using the rehearsal score. The printed set includes 10 copies of the choir parts, with additional copies available upon request. The full set consists of the following:

(1) Full Score
(1) Rehearsal Piano (condensed piano with SATB)
(1) Piano (for performance with strings or clarinets)
(10) SATB Choir
(1) Violin
(1) Violoncello
(1) B-Flat Clarinet 1
(1) B-Flat Clarinet 2
(1) B-Flat Bass Clarinet