- a variety of lyric poetry in the Italian style, of Provençal origin, that closely resembles the madrigal.
- a poem in which each word that appears at the end of a line of the first stanza appears again at the end of one of the lines in each of the following stanzas.
Origin of canzone
Examples from the Web for canzone
Canzone, in which Dante describes the person of Beatrice, Strophe third.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
Witte refers to Dante's commentary on his own Canzone in the Convito iv.Dante. An essay.
R. W. Church
I believe there is no version into English of the 48th Canzone.
Guinizzelli has the following passage, in a canzone quoted by Ginguen, Hist.
One stanza of this Canzone is unequalled, I think, for a simplicity at once tender and sublime.
- a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty
- a song, usually of a lyrical nature
- (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed
- a type of 16th- or 17th-century contrapuntal music, usually for keyboard, lute, or instrumental ensemble
Word Origin and History for canzone
1580s, from Italian canzone, from Latin cantionem (nominative cantio) "singing, song" (also source of Spanish cancion, French chanson), noun of action from past participle stem of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). In Italian or Provençal, a song resembling the madrigal but less strict in style.