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date: 01 December 2022

chanson (Fr., from Lat. cantio via Provençal canso and It. canzon‘song’). 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
Frank DobbinsFrank Dobbins

A song setting French words. The term is used chiefly of French polyphonic songs of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the following discussion will be largely confined to that application (though ‘chanson’ has also been in continuous use since the Middle Ages to denote art song or folksong with French words, including ... ...

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