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[vil-uh-nel-uh; Italian veel-lah-nel-lah] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl ə; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɑ/
noun, plural villanelle
[vil-uh-nel-ee; Italian veel-lah-nel-le] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl i; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɛ/ (Show IPA)
a rustic Italian part song without accompaniment.
1590-1600; < Italian, feminine of villanello rural, rustic, equivalent to villan(o) peasant, boor (see villain) + -ello -ish Unabridged
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noun (pl) -las
a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from villano rustic, from Late Latin vīllānus; see villain
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Encyclopedia Article for villanella

16th-century Italian rustic part-song, usually for three unaccompanied voices, having no set form other than the presence of a refrain. The villanella was most often written in chordal style with clear, simple rhythm. Traditional rules of composition were sometimes broken; for instance, the normally forbidden movement of voices in parallel fifths was common in the villanella. The villanella was not a folk form but a reaction against the more refined madrigal, often parodying well-known madrigal texts and music.

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