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Posted by on May 7, 2010 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Musical Term of the Week

Musical Term of the Week


by Riccardo Marcialis

by Melissa Wimbish

Sometimes the various types of arias begin to sound like a fancy Italian dinner menu. Cabaletta, da capo, cavatina, canzonetta, aria di sorbetto…yum! I’ll take one of each!

cavatina – The meaning of this term has changed over the years. It now usually refers to the opening, slow section of a two part aria. In Rossini’s time it referred to the entrance, or first aria sung by a certain character. Norma’s “Casta diva” (you’ll want to click that link) is an example of a cavatina in both senses.

Definition provided by Opera America

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