Cantilena(redirected from Kantilena)
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(1) A melody, either vocal or instrumental, of a lyrical character.
(2)The lyrical quality of music or its execution; a vocalist’s ability to lyrically execute a melody.
(3) In the 13th—15th centuries in Western Europe the term for small, secular homophonic and polyphonic vocal works of a lyrical and epic cast and for dance songs.
(4) From the end of the 17th century, a song or musical piece with a lyrical melody.