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Serenade. (1) Instr. serenade, as Mozart's Serenata Notturna (1776, K239). (2) 18th‐cent. term for dramatic cantatas which might also be called ‘semi‐operas’, such as Handel's Acis and Galatea. In 16th cent. meant a satirical polyphonic comp. of the villanelle type. Term first appeared in print in 1560 as the title of one of Alessandro Stiggio's 6‐part madrigals.

(1) Instr. serenade, as Mozart's Serenata Notturna (1776, K239). (2) 18th‐cent. term for dramatic cantatas which might also be called ‘semi‐operas’, such as Handel's Acis and Galatea. In 16th cent. meant a satirical polyphonic comp. of the villanelle type. Term first appeared in print in 1560 as the title of one of Alessandro Stiggio's 6‐part madrigals.

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