For Better, For Worse
Songs About Marriage
Cary Ratcliff, Artistic Director
A New Yorker cartoon portrays a bride saying "I hope it's not too much worse." But of course, that's a play on the real intent of these words from the English institution of marriage, which speak of a bond of help and comfort to face better or worse, sickness or health, prosperity or want.
Marriage is a complex institution that varies from culture to culture around the globe. For this CD, Madrigalia sings songs about arranged marriages, child brides, dowries, love itself, village wedding celebrations, a love triangle, infidelity, gay marriage, and widowhood. This is not a Valentine’s Day or a 'wedding songs' program, this is Marriage: the Big Picture.