One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘His vibrant symphonies four, five and six show him at his peak, but this sinfonia is over the hill.’
- 1.1 (in the 17th and 18th centuries) an orchestral piece used as an introduction, interlude, or postlude to an opera, oratorio, cantata, or suite.
- ‘Such composers as Sammartini began to write sinfonias for strings, which marked a departure from Baroque instrumental forms and served as models for J. C. Bach and others.’
- ‘The sinfonia, a type of overture, does not necessarily represent the subject of the oratorio.’
- ‘It was not unusual for a Baroque composer - such as his father - to adapt a sinfonia from a cantata into a concerto movement, or to take a secular aria and insert it, with a new text, into a sacred work.’
- ‘This is a good place to explain the difference between a concerto and a sinfonia, as Scarlatti understood it.’
- ‘That Zelenka was sent to study in Italy is reflected in the Italian elements of the introduction, an orchestral sinfonia, which leads into the adagio for solo oboe.’
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