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Canción ("song") is a popular genre of Latin American music, particularly in Cuba, where many of the compositions originate. Canción_sentence_0

Its roots lie in Spanish popular song forms, including tiranas, polos and boleros; also in Italian light operetta, French romanza, and the slow waltz. Canción_sentence_1

Initially, even when written by the creole population of Cuba, who opposed the ruling hierarchy, the music retained its European style of "intricate melodies, and dark, enigmatic and elaborate lyrics". Canción_sentence_2

Later, in the latter part of the nineteenth century, the canción came under the influence of the trovador movement. Canción_sentence_3

This resulted in the lyrical expression of the feelings and aspirations of the population. Canción_sentence_4

The accompaniment of the guitar followed naturally, and the canción gradually fused with other forms of Cuban (and therefore Latin American) music such as the bolero. Canción_sentence_5

As a distinguishing mark, though, the canción never has the full-blooded Afro-Cuban percussion which marks so much Cuban popular music. Canción_sentence_6

"Canción" means song in Spanish. Canción_sentence_7

In the Renaissance, the term was often used interchangeably with cantiga, cantar, canson, and sometimes villancico; it was related to the chanson of the Franco-Flemish school. Canción_sentence_8

Canción was the least specific term to cover all the popular, secular styles of vocal music of Spain at the time. Canción_sentence_9

In Spanish-language concerts and recordings, when the title of a particular song does not belong to a danceable genre (such as son in Cuba, or chacarera in Argentina, its genre is mentioned as "canción". Canción_sentence_10

See also Canción_section_0


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