canzonet, canzonetta

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Diminutive of canzona. In late 16th and 17th cents., a short, polyphonic, dance‐like vocal piece, unacc. or (later) with instr. acc.; later applied to a light, flowing kind of simple solo song. Tchaikovsky called the slow movt. of his vn. conc. a canzonetta.

Subjects: Music.

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