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- n. A type of instrumental composition based on multipart vocal settings of canzoni, produced chiefly in the 16th and 17th centuries
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A particular variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, and of Provençal origin, which closely resembled the madrigal.
- n. In music: A setting of such poetry, differing from the madrigal in being less elaborate and artistic.
- n. An instrumental piece resembling a madrigal.
From Italian canzona (Wiktionary)