A canon in which the theme or subject is repeated backward in the second part. Also called crab canon.
- In the 14th and 15th centuries, retrograde motion was employed to form what is known as crab canon, or canon cancrizans, wherein the original melody is turned backward to become the second voice.
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Syllabification: can·on can·cri·zans
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