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(especially in opera and oratorio) vocal music that is more melodic than recitative but less formal than an aria.‘short passages of arioso’‘his final arioso was more assured’[as modifier] ‘these anthems contain arioso writing’
- ‘In early 17th-century opera, recitative was the principal mode of expression and was often freely mixed with short passages of arioso.’
- ‘Bostridge then railed against destiny in a long arioso, but his powerlessness was symbolised by the next chorus.’
- ‘The second movement is a set of recitatives and ariosos for tenor, chorus, soprano, and bass, in which we are transported to that final moment of death and seek the support of God in our trial.’
Italian, from aria.
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