Definition of canzona in US English:



  • An instrumental arrangement of a French or Flemish song, typical of 16th-century Italy.

    • ‘The canzonas and sonatas are unsurpassed - in scale, expressive range, and sheer idiomatic flair - in the entire sixteenth-century instrumental repertoire.’
    • ‘Later, from the 1570s on, canzonas were composed for solo keyboard or for instrumental ensembles.’
    • ‘He composed pieces for instrumental ensemble and some attractive organ music, notably the canzonas, some of which are arrangements or imitations of French chansons.’
    • ‘These three interesting and varied canzonas were composed by Bonelli, Rognone-Taegio and Andrea Gabrieli.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: from Italian, from canzone.