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Music Term: Envoy

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Envoy


Definition and background:

See Envoi. the final section of a troubadour poem which sends the song out into the world. Poetically it often involves a shift of character; it may address the messanger or the audience instead of the loved one of previous sections, for instance. The envoy is a partial stanza and is sung to the last line(s) of the musical setting; therefore it ends with a clos cadence and forms a musical rhyme to the final stanza.


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