One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural cavatinas, Plural cavatineMusic
1A short operatic aria in simple style without repeated sections.
- ‘Erik is a mere operatic tenor lover, and his cavatinas have tunefulness enough, without a trace of the warmth of melody which characterises Wagner's later works.’
- ‘The Boccherini is superb as well, the overture and cavatina from ‘Clementina’, which I gather is a scandalously neglected masterpiece of the genre; I'd certainly like to hear more of it after this tempting nine minute excerpt.’
- ‘For example, Act One loses the ‘Giovani liete’ choruses, Act Three loses the sextet, and Act Four loses Barbarina's cavatina, Marcellina's song about the he-goat and the she-goat, and Basilio's ‘In quegli anni.’’
- ‘In her cavatina ‘Me voila seule dans la nuit’ she spun the line beautifully.’
- ‘His bright tenor was untiring in the taxing role, full of Italianate cavatinas.’
- 1.1 A piece of lyrical instrumental music similar to a cavatina.
- ‘These pieces have both style and substance, epitomised by the brilliant concert variations on a Bellini cavatina, here played by de Beenhouwer.’
- ‘Berg also embeds within the score a number of self-contained closed forms: sonata-allegro, rondo, variation, canzonetta, cavatina, etc.’
Early 19th century: from Italian.
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