Definition of canzona in English:

canzona

Syllabification: can·zo·na
Pronunciation: /kanˈzōnə, kantˈsōnə
 
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noun

Music
  • An instrumental arrangement of a French or Flemish song, typical of 16th-century Italy.
    More example sentences
    • He composed pieces for instrumental ensemble and some attractive organ music, notably the canzonas, some of which are arrangements or imitations of French chansons.
    • The second movement is a sort of imitative canzona, which really shows this piece as a sort of bow to the past in many ways.
    • These three interesting and varied canzonas were composed by Bonelli, Rognone-Taegio and Andrea Gabrieli.

Origin

late 19th century: from Italian, from canzone.

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