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“Adonai Con Voi” (1569), A Simple Popular Song With A Complicated Semantic About (What Seems To Be) Circumcision

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The portion symbols of mental experience leaves considerable room for interpretive maneuver. This chapter concerns with a modest Italian popular song, specifically a villotta, one of various lighter types of music in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Adonai con voithus it beginsradiates joviality and at first blush appears innocuous; one might easily pass it by. The chapter concentrates on the verses rather than the music, which, in the present case, is fragmentaryelude a facile explanation: they intimate more than they disclose. In its poetry and music Adonai con voi exemplifies what Alfred Einstein, with his fine-tuned sensibility to varying ethnic types in sixteenth-century Italian lyric poetry, called an ebraica, or song about Jews. The use of adonai should be related to that of barucaba, an even more potent expression of Jewishness. The chapter proposes an almost heterodox explanation for the climactic word barucaba.

Keywords: Adonai con voi; barucaba; Italian popular song; sixteenth-century Italian lyric poetry; villotta



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