Cara shares importance with Bartolomeo Tromboncino as a composer of frottolas.
He was employed by the Gonzagas in Mantua, where he was maestro di cappella
of the church and secular court musical establishments. He was well known as a
singer and lutenist, and his surviving compositions include more than a hundred
frottolas, poetic Italian songs in a form that preceded the development
of the madrigal.
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