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n. Music
A sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line.

[Italian, from Latin cantilēna, song, from cantus; see canticle.]
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(Classical Music) a smooth flowing style in the writing of vocal music
[C18: Italian, from Latin cantilēna a song]
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(ˌkæn tlˈi nə, -ˈeɪ nə)

n., pl. -nas.
a simple, lyric, melodic passage for voice or instrument.
[1730–40; < Italian < Latin cantilēna refrain, perhaps by dissimilation from *cantilēla, derivative of cantus song; see canto]
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IN the penultimate recital of his Monday lunchtime concert a series at Huddersfield Town Hall, Borough Organist Gordon Stewart will be premiering two pieces by Yorkshire-based composers - Andrew Carter's Cantilena and Alan Spedding's Variations on Vater unser im Himmelreich.