puzzle canon


Definition of puzzle canon

: a musical canon (see canon entry 1 sense 6) in which only one voice (see voice entry 1 sense 1b(4)) is notated and the rules for determining the remaining parts and the time intervals of their entrances must be guessed

called also enigma canon, enigmatical canon, enigmatic canon, riddle canon

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First Known Use of puzzle canon

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Puzzle canon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puzzle%20canon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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