One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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