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[Italian, excavated]

A 17th and early 18th centuries setting in aria style (arioso) of the last line or couplet of a recitative text found in most forms of Baroque vocal music, including opera. In the first half of the 18th century it is a carefully composed aria, with instrumental accompaniment, set to blank or rhymed verse and not in da capo form. By 1750 the words cavata and cavatina were used without distinction.

See Also

[Italian] cavatina (f)


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