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[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.


Baroque: George Frideric Handel: Messiah, No. 9, "O thou that tellest" 

Romantic: Georges Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"

Classical: Ludwig Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, Act II, "Oh Isis and Osiris"

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna è mobile" 

Post-Romantic: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"

See Also

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


Last Updated: 2016-04-29 19:28:16