A Filetta - Jean-Claude Acquaviva/ Benedictus (traditional)
Polyphonic songs (pulifunie) in Corsica are a cappella, and can be either spiritual or secular. Hymns, motets, and funereal songs (lamentu) are an example of the former, while the nanna (lullaby) and the paghjella are examples of the latter. Traditionally, 4 to 6-voice improvised polyphony was sung only by men, with the exception of the voceru (sung only by women) and cuntrastu (usually 2-voice) and nanne often sung by women. Brotherhoods of polyphonic singers (cunfraternita) remain, some dating back to the 12th century. Corsica’s actual tradition of improvised vocal polyphony is more recent, dating to 15th century. It is traced to renaissance practice of falso bordone and the Genoese tradition of Trallalero.
The tradition of Corsican polyphonic singing had nearly become extinct until its revival (riaquistu) in the 1970s.