[vil-uh-nel-uh; Italian veel-lah-nel-lah]
noun, plural villanelle [vil-uh-nel-ee; Italian veel-lah-nel-le] .
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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villanella (ˌvɪləˈnɛlə)
n , pl -las
a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
[C16: from Italian, from villano rustic, from Late Latin vīllānus; see villain]

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16th-century16th-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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