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siciliana

1. A type of aria or instrumental movement in the late 17th and 18th centuries. The siciliana (also siciliano) was normally written as a {% term_link dance in a slow 6/8 or 12/8 time with short phrases. Use of the siciliana after the 18th century was commonly linked to peasant dances of Sicily in pastoral scenes with melancholy emotions often in a minor key. This is often seen as alla siciliano or in the style of a sici