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Abstract

RILM abstract: "While the falsobordone was not the most sophisticated genre of the 16th and early 17th c., it was among the most popular. Its popularity can be attributed to its simple polyphonic style, which lent itself to a variety of performances. The falsobordone could be sung by either a full choir or a solo ensemble (with recitations sung in uneven values and without a metrical pulse, but with cadences almost always articulated metrically). It could be performed as a solo song accompanied by organ or another instrument, as a highly embellished solo piece (passaggiato), or as a polychoral composition accompanied by one continuo instrument or many instruments. In its simplicity, the falsobordone was one of the most malleable of genres, easily adapted to changing aesthetic needs."

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