Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by querceus, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. querceus

    querceus New Member

    Sussex, England
    English, Am & British
    This popular song by Rossini, "La Danza" contains the well known line quoted below:

    Mamma mia, mamma mia,mamma mia, si salterà.Frinche, frinche, frinche,frinche......etc
    This is usually given as "faster, faster, faster" in a translation of the song, but oddly I can't find the word "frinche" in any dictionary. Can anyone shed light on the origin of the word.

  2. Blackman

    Blackman Senior Member

    Island of Sardinia, Italy
  3. Gianfry

    Gianfry Senior Member

    Brighton, Uk
    My opinion is that "frinche" is just some kind of onomatopoeic word, maybe related to some dancing step. "Fr-", for instance, makes me think of some twirl.
  4. johngiovanni

    johngiovanni Senior Member

    Does this have a Neopolitan origin? Is it related to a chirping sound and "fringuello"?
  5. Romagno

    Romagno New Member

    My mother was a native speaker of Italian and also a formally trained singer. "La Danza" was in her repertoire when she made her debut in the early 1940's.

    I once asked her the meaning of "frinche" and she said that from the context, she thought it was the onomatopoetic sound of the tambourines heard as the characters in the song danced, spun and leaped.

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