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Canzonetta

(Baldassare Donato)

This Canzonetta was composed by the Italian singer/composer Baldassare Donato (1525 - 1603).

Donato started as a singer and later became maestri di capello of the San Marco in Venice, a career which was marked by conflicts and even public fights and scandals.

He composed religious works in the style of Palestrina and Gabrieli, his secular compositions included a new form, the Villanella (Farmer's Song), which is a lighthearted madrigal with a strong focus on the melody.