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Ten CanzonettasBy: Francesca Caccini
Solos and duos for soprano and bass and Spanish guitar or continuo
The "canzonetta" or "little song" is a strophic setting of a simple text with a lyrical vocal line. This collection is an early foreshadowing of the aria form, which would develop later. These "canzonettas" contain lovely and developed vocal lines that are expressive but not declamatory and indicative of the composer's talent as a singer.