Often using folk music or folk songs in dialect, the structure of the modern villotta entails four hendecasyllabic lines of verse followed by a refrain. Villotte from the sixteenth-century are typically strophic dialect songs that frequently contain nonsense syllables and passages in triple time.
- Donna G. Cardamone, 'Villotta', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy.
- Donna G. Cardamone, 'Villotta', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy. Available at http://www.grovemusic.com/.
- Alfred Einstein, The Italian Madrigal. Translated by Alexander H. Knappe, Roger H. Sessions and Oliver Strunk. 3 vols. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1949.
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