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)
“Now follows a number which the author calls a "canzona" -- song.”
“He could even write a piece that resembles, paradoxically, an instrumental canzona alla francese transcribed for voices Si pour moy avez du souci.”
“The style, however, is by no means wholly Italianate: the second movements sometimes marked ‘canzona’ especially show Purcell's gift for old-fashioned counterpoint.”
“The first lyric number of the "Orfeo," that sung by Aristæus, is plainly labeled "canzona," and was, therefore, without doubt a song made after the manner of the lutenists.”
“He sang stanzas glorifying the bride and her husband, and the muses responded with a canzona in nine parts.”
“Another time the queen of the day, Emilia, invites Dioneo to sing a canzona.”
“I at once announced my return to Cornelius by sending him a small Venetian gondola, which I had bought for him in Venice, and to which I added a canzona written with nonsensical Italian words.”
“Still, for the short performances offered on Tuesday, which ranged from a Gabrieli canzona for eight brass instruments to Gershwin's "American in Paris," the sound was clear, resonant and vibrant.”
“They had stuck the tune for the jingle onto the end of an Italian canzona.”
“For well my nymph is pleased with melody. "there follows a number which the author plainly indicates as lyric, for he calls it a canzona.”
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