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madrigal (noun) song for several singers unaccompanied by musical instruments.
A lengthy song sung by several singers, each singing a part of it and unaccompanied by musical instruments is a madrigal. The madrigal was a popular form of entertainment in the 16th and 17th centuries in England. It was somewhat like a folk song.
- Madrigals formed an important part of the entertainment in the countryside of Britain in the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Groups of young persons used to sing them, each of them singing a part of it.
- The play is based on the folklore of England. It has a few madrigals, and they drew the audiences' applause. For a change they were able to hear a song almost unaccompanied by musical instruments.