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contrafactum, intabulation or as the basis for missa parodia1. The madrigal and related genres, such as canzona alla villanesca, also became the subject of imitations, often composed by musicians who had no links to Italy at all. Other genres employed by Italian composers, above all masses and motets, were also of great interest to musicians throughout the continent. Undoubtedly it was the activity of the numerous Italian, mainly Venetian, printing houses which played a decisive role in promoting these works; in terms of titles produced, they held the leading