Villancico (Sp., diminutive of villano: ‘peasant’)
- Isabel Pope
- and Paul R. Laird
A term first applied in the late 15th century to a Spanish vernacular musical and poetic form consisting of several stanzas (coplas) framed by a refrain (estribillo) at the beginning and end, giving an overall ABA structure. The number of stanzas varied, as did the number of times the ...