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Villancico

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Other Requirement

 
Description: 

Based on a texte or introductory stanza, the villancico usually had about six strophes glossing the first. The strophes were usually about six lines, plus the chorus. The chorus was often the introductory stanza or part thereof. Spanish poetry often uses either seven, eight, or eleven-syllable lines. The introductory stanza/chorus would be one nonce form, and the main strophes would be another nonce form. Again, being Spanish, the forms used probably rhymed.

Liturgically, the villancico was often used for carols, especially in Neuvo Españna.

 
Origin: 

Spanish

 
Schematic: 
Varies, but generally:

T SR SR SR SR SR SR

T = Texte
S = Strophe
R = Refrain or chorus that might be part of the texte.
 
See Also:  

Carol, Pindaric Ode, Villancico II, Villanelle

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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