from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)


  • Now follows a number which the author calls a "canzona" -- song.

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  • He could even write a piece that resembles, paradoxically, an instrumental canzona alla francese transcribed for voices Si pour moy avez du souci.

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  • The style, however, is by no means wholly Italianate: the second movements sometimes marked ‘canzona’ especially show Purcell's gift for old-fashioned counterpoint.

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  • 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.

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  • He sang stanzas glorifying the bride and her husband, and the muses responded with a canzona in nine parts.

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  • Another time the queen of the day, Emilia, invites Dioneo to sing a canzona.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • They had stuck the tune for the jingle onto the end of an Italian canzona.

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  • 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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