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Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Music: General

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Cable

Second Advisor

Dr. Lidia Radi


The Italian frottola, popular within Northern Italian communities at the end of the 1400s and the beginning of the 1500s, became a critical tool for the transformation and the advancement of Italian sung music, taking the first steps towards the revolutionary madrigal form of the mid-1500s and creating a fashionable court style in Italy that was no longer heavily focused on religious content. This genre grew particularly under the auspices of Isabella d‟Este in the Gonzaga court and it is the printed texts copying those of her court which allow the frottola to be studied in modern day. I intend to demonstrate that it was the court musicians of Gonzaga, particularly Bartolomeo Tromboncino, who brought the frottola to a new level of musicianship, leading the way for the future madrigalists of the late 1500s and reflecting a larger change in Italian society.