From the 18th century, this term referred to a song with a heroic, sentimental, "romantic" text; also, a lyric, instrumental work. Before that time, it referred to a lyric ballad sung either by a solo voice or a small ensemble, perhaps with lute accompaniment.
See Also[German] Romanze (f)
[Italian] romanza (f)
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