Frottola

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Frottola

 

a poetic form, usually amorous or lyrical in content and similar to the ballad and the villancico; also, a polyphonic secular song set to the words of such a poem.

The frottola was popular in Italy in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The music was written in a major key and was characterized by dance rhythms and clear structure. Frottole were written for four voices, with the upper voice leading; the other parts could apparently be taken by instruments.

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On a popular level such topicality of reference (and language) appears, as we have seen, in canzoni written for festival trionfi (or in Pulci's frottole, like the enchanting Le Galee per Quaracchi).
Likewise, as volumes of frottole and strambotti rolled off Italian presses during the second decade of the century, the publishing houses of Oeglin, Peter Schoeffer, and Arnt von Aich were releasing equally large and important collections of German Tenorlieder.
Nella seconda delle sue due frottole (17) il Pulci dichiara amaramente che la sesta delle sei cose di cui si fida "poco, nulla o di rado" (164-73) e "lealta di donna.
Sacrae cantiones, liber missarum, madrigali italiani, canzoni francese, canzonette, cantio, graduale, sonetti, strambotti, frottole, etc.
Sa quello che vuole da te e sa come chiedertelo: a muso duro, senza cincischiare, senza frottole.
Ritrovandosi il detto signor Girolamo in Roma, per sodisfare alla curiosita di alcuni suoi amici in Siena, soleva spesso comporre foglietti di finte ingegnose novelle, e quelle mandare al signor canonico Mariani, che con sua facilita a credere delle frottole, e ancora insinuare altri a credere, dava occasione al novellista di calcar sempre la penna.
68) In the summer of 1942 she finished an article on the incunabula in the Paris libraries intended for publication in The Library as a companion piece to her earlier piece on incunabula in the British Museum, and worked on an article on frottole, which she hoped to publish in an English journal.
Some clue about the music might be furnished by an aer di versi latini, textless and so suitable for improvisation, published in Petrucci's fourth frottola book, Strambotti, Ode, Frottole, Sonetti, Et modo de cantar versi latini e capituli.
For example, an anonymous setting of the poem "Con pianto e con dolore" was published in Ottaviano Petrucci's Strambotti, Odes, Frottole, Sonnets.
William Prizer's study of Antico's Third Book of Frottole of 1513 sorts out the status of the three extant exemplars; he also examines its unique repertory (largely Ferrarese and Mantuan), speculating how it might have reached Antico in Rome (probably via members of the nobility and their entourages).
Che siano i confessori insomma a vedersela con l'innata capacita degli umani di usare la parola orale per raccontare frottole, mentre gli onesti scrittori sapranno utilizzare quella scritta come filtro contro ogni falsita.