Frottole: Popular Songs of Renaissance Italy | Naxos 8573320

Frottole: Popular Songs of Renaissance Italy

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573320

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th May 2015



Set to vernacular texts dealing mainly with the theme of love, frottole were short, improvisatory polyphonic songs with instrumental accompaniment that flourished in the Renaissance courts of Italy for some forty years between c.1480 and 1520.

Despite its apparent simplicity, this completely new genre of song inspired some of Europe’s greatest vocal and instrumental musicians. The recent invention of movable type added further to its popularity.

This recording explores a representative selection, including work published by the historically pivotal figure of Ottaviano Petrucci.

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