Attraction and Repulsion - The influence of Villanelle Napolitane
Delle Donne Consort presents a polyphonic love story with a toxic twist. Through the program the different facets of love themes from the 16th century during the Italian Renaissance are shown through Neapolitan Villanelles and their unique influence throughout the Western music.
The villanelle originated in the 16th-century in Italy and became immensely popular in its time. Although the poem is based on a folk tradition, its musical form did not develop from a folk form, but was rather a reaction to the more sophisticated form of the madrigal. It was often a parody of popular madrigal texts and music. The word itself is derived from the mediaeval Latin ‘Villanus’ that could be translated as peasant or servant, which relates to its pastoral subject.
The romanticised love story always starts with a passionate but in a way naive attraction. This is now suddenly interrupted by an unexpected and disruptive repulsion. It sets off a series of emotions, starting very seriously and painfully with endless doubts and tragic love stories that are interspersed with sparkling pastoral scenes, silly word games and pure love.