Definition and background:
Term used by classical composers for instrumental Compositions resembling a serenade or divertimento. the word 'cassation' is of disputed origin and was used principally in the third quarter of the 18th century in south Germany to describe a piece of music akin to a divertimento or serenade, music intended primarily for entertainment. Mozart uses the word to describe three of his own serenades
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