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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Altre testimonianze gia note completano il quadro: Ercole Bottrigari nel Trimerone (1599) pone un fil rouge che da frottole, barzellette, strambotti ("cantilene volgari", cioe popolari) arriva, passando da "napolitane" e canzonette (derivate dalle villanelle), fino alle stilizzazioni popolareggianti di Adrian Willaert e Philippe Verdelot (Vatielli, 1921: 410-411).
Sacrae cantiones, liber missarum, madrigali italiani, canzoni francese, canzonette, cantio, graduale, sonetti, strambotti, frottole, etc.
A few thousand lexical digraphs were considered in the survey, ranging from Renaissance frottole to works from the late 20th century.
Sa quello che vuole da te e sa come chiedertelo: a muso duro, senza cincischiare, senza frottole. Valla a contestare la realta, valle a dire di essere un po' piu tenera.
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.
Without wishing to bore you with too much of my syllabus, I will record that last week's bill of fare included the tail end of Josquin (Munrow 1976, Hilliard Ensemble 1984, Tallis Scholars 1988, Taverner Choir 1993); Brumel (Tallis Scholars 1992); Compere (Orlando Consort 1993); La Rue (Ensemble Clement Janequin 1989); Cornysh (Tallis Scholars 1988); some frottole (Circa 1500 1984); Isaac and Senfl (Munrow 1973, Medieval Ensemble of London 1984, Tallis Scholars 1991); Spanish songs (Circa 1500 1989, Hilliard Ensemble 1992); Penalosa (Pro Cantione Antiqua 1992, Gothic Voices 1993, Westminster Cathedral Choir 1993); Clemens (Tallis Scholars 1987); Gombert (Huelgas Ensemble 1992); and Verdelot (Tallis Scholars 1986).
Hora havendo veduto con sommo dispiacere, che dalle sue Operette vengono scielte da alcuni le piu belle Canzonette, e queste con miscugli di Frottole li sono ristampate, ne volendo, che la lode sia ad altri commune dove l'industria e sua particolare; ha voluto rendervi avisati, ch'egli non dall'altrui stampe, ma gli altri dalle sue prendono materia di spaciar nuove volumi, come vedrete .
True, the madrigal preferred the freer alternating 'versi rotti' and 'versi interi' of Petrarchan verse championed by Pietro Bembo who had edited the 1501 Aldine Canzoniere; but these were to be found side by side in manuscript and printed sources with inferior literary quality frottole. Musical features were also shared.
His writings include sonnets, canzoni, sestine, and ballate, as well as the then less familiar madrigals, cacce, and frottole. Many of these varied lyrics were intended for musical setting, since he composed himself and was associated with musicians writing in the ars nova style.
For example, an anonymous setting of the poem "Con pianto e con dolore" was published in Ottaviano Petrucci's Strambotti, Odes, Frottole, Sonnets.