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Frottolalocked

  • Don Harrán
  •  and James Chater

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A secular song of the Italian Renaissance embracing a variety of poetic forms. It flourished at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th and was the most important stylistic development leading to the madrigal.

‘Frottola’ is held to derive from the medieval Latin ‘frocta’, a conglomeration of random thoughts, and requires both a generic and a specific definition. Generically, the term covers the full range of secular polyphonic types known to have flourished in Italy during the period in question, usually taken to be from about ...

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