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John Van Buren (b.1952)Composed in 1995
The Canzona reflects a modern understaning of the canzona as a short, song-like instrumental form. This piece introduces three themes; a cantabile, a contrasting middle section, with use of eerie-sounding multiphonics, and ending in a maestoso with the opening melody. The use of a wide variety of playing techniques and methods of expression in a very short piece was one of the main aims of this composition.