[Italian, air]
Originally an air; a song; a tunesung by a single voice with or without accompaniment. Now taken to mean a lyric song for solo voice generally having two contrasting parts (I and II), ending with a literal or elaborated repeat of part I. The aria first developed into this form in the early operas; the arias found in an opera, cantata or oratorio usually express intense emotion.

See Also

[English] air
[English] ayre
[German] Arie


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