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cabaletta


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(It., from cavata, extraction).

A term with a number of meanings: (1) Short aria of simple and much reiterated rhythm, generally with repeats. (2) Type of song in rondo form, sometimes with variations. (3) Recurring passage in a song, first appearing simply and then varied (some authorities make a triplet acc. a necessary qualification for the title). (4) Final section of elaborate operatic duet or aria in which mus. often settles down to a steady rhythm, e.g. ‘Ah! non giunge’ in La sonnambula.

(1) Short aria of simple and much reiterated rhythm, generally with repeats. (2) Type of song in rondo form, sometimes with variations. (3) Recurring passage in a song, first appearing simply and then varied (some authorities make a triplet acc. a necessary qualification for the title). (4) Final section of elaborate operatic duet or aria in which mus. often settles down to a steady rhythm, e.g. ‘Ah! non giunge’ in La sonnambula.

Subjects: Music.


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