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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.

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En otras ocasiones crean sonsonetes o cantilenas con el fin de burlarse de algo o de alguien, y lo hacen a partir de la incorporacion de algun personaje que han conocido, en muchos casos, en programas de television, y que, en otros casos, no llegamos a saber de donde proceden.
5%), lo que podemos interpretar como una importante perdida de las practicas de juegos a los que acompanan cantilenas diversas, por un lado, y como aprendizaje escolar de la composicion, por otro.
And equally one should take care to be able to be joyful, to be happy, listen to cantilenas, stories and melodies.
He advises listening to (audire) cantilenas, stories and melodies; namely activities almost identical to those carried out by Boccaccio's brigata.
7:144, 85-86: "Natum ab Ulyssis cera, qua suas ac sociorum aures obturat apud Homenum adversus Sirenarum cantilenas.
More importantly, though, cantilena has a derogatory meaning absent from the terms which he uses to describe the other alleged excesses of the military at court.
Indeed, that Ammianus intended his readers to make the connection between the two seems proven by the way in which his Christian contemporaries used the term cantilena in their religious polemic also.
playing an instrument with a tender yet sensitive tone (beautifully rendered cantilenas in the 1st and 2nd movements of Op.
It is more symphonic, more fanciful here we here cantilenas and bucolic repose as for example in the Oboe Concerto.
The members of the Skampa Quartet are absolutely the most convincing to the ear--both in individual performance (for example in the cantilenas of the 1st violin and viola in the 3rd movement of the Quintet in G major
Some pieces of this king may have been given sacred texts and may even have been sung in church, making them the source of Master Jan Hus's outrage when he condemned wanton cantilenas as more conducive to dance than to religion.
Fine cantilenas are developed suggestively underscored by the piano in the nostalgic songs of Richard Strauss (Madchenblumen), and the listener is struck by the interesting darker timbre in Dvorak's calm love poetry (Milostne pisne--Love Songs).