circular canon


: a musical canon (see canon entry 1 sense 6) whose subject (see subject entry 1 sense 3f) leads back to its own beginning so that it may be endlessly repeated

called also circle canon, infinite canon, perpetual canon

: a musical canon (see canon entry 1 sense 6) in which the repetitions modulate through a circle of fifths (see fifth entry 2 sense 3a)

Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of circular canon was in 1869

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“Circular canon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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