(canzone). 1. Serious lyrical poem of It. of the 13th to 17th c. 2. Lyrical song of the 18th and 19th c., or instrumental music of a simple character. 3. Forerunner of the fugue*; at times, notably among the Germans, the term was synonymous with fugue. Cf. J. S. Bach's Organ Canzone in D Minor.
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