Definition of canzonetta in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkanzəˈnɛtə/

noun (plural canzonettas or canzonette /ˌkantsəˈnɛteɪ/)

A short, light vocal piece, especially in the Italian style of the 17th century.
Example sentences
  • Vecchi composed some excellent church music, but his fame rests on his light madrigals and canzonettas, written in an eminently singable and attractive style.
  • There remains one composition by Buxtehude, a canzonetta in A minor that is clearly similar to the opening of the first fugue of the A major toccata in both the shape and treatment of its subject and countersubject.
  • Whether in strophic arias, simple canzonettas or elaborate madrigals, Kiehr's singing is effortlessly lush and nicely emotionally understated.


Late 16th century: from Italian 'little song', diminutive of canzone (see canzone).

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