Definition of Arioso

1. Noun. (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria.

Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Recitative



Definition of Arioso

1. adv. & a. In the smooth and melodious style of an air; ariose.

Definition of Arioso

1. Noun. (music) A musical style, in opera and oratorio, that is more melodic than recitative, but less so than aria ¹

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Definition of Arioso

1. a musical passage resembling an aria [n -SOS or -SI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Arioso

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arioso (current term)
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Literary usage of Arioso

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1. What is Good Music?: Suggestions to Persons Desiring to Cultivate a Taste in by William James Henderson (1898)
"arioso is a form of recitative in which there are passages of melody, without the formation of a com. plete air. The aria has already been explained. ..."

2. Manual of Musical Form by Salomon Jadassohn (1892)
"The Song with different music to each verse, the Ballad, the Aria, Arietta, arioso, Cavatina, Romanza, Scena and Aria, Chorus in Opera and Oratorio. ..."

3. Musical Composition: A Short Treatise for Students by Charles Villiers Stanford (1911)
"The arioso is a step nearer the song than the accompanied recitative. ... Bach, again, furnishes the greatest number of fine examples of arioso form, ..."

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