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Phil   Link to this

This page http://www.lawrence.edu/fac/koopmajo/standard.html defines a trillo as "The multiple rearticulation of a single note with ever increasing rapidity. Later called martellato."

daniel   Link to this

Trillo is an italian term for a vocal, sometimes instrumental ornament used in music during much of the seventeenth century. this ornament's execution seems to vary in time and from place to place but mainly consists of a rapid, sometimes accelarating series of glottal stops on the same pitch used mainly at cadences. this ornament was criticized in later times as sounding a bit like a goat.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

This was a favorite device of the composer Claudio Monteverdi.
To hear some fine examples of its use, and for a wonderful musical experience in general, listen to Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro della Beata Virgine).

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