American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
- n. An air; a melody.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: A rhythmical and metrical melody or tune for a single voice (rarely for a monophonous instrument), having a vocal or instrumental accompaniment: distinguished from a song by being less simple and less purely lyrical. The aria grande is the next most elaborate species of solo vocal music to the scena (which see).
- n. A distinct form of solo vocal music, distinguished by a clear division into three parts, namely, a principal section, a subordinate section, and a repetition, with or without alterations, of the first section: otherwise known as the da capo form.
- n. A solo movement, whether in strict aria form or not, in an extended vocal work, like an opera or an oratorio: as, the soprano aria “I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
- n. Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding various terms: as, aria cantabile, an aria in a flowing, connected style, with but slight accompaniment; aria concertato, an aria of large dimensions, with an elaborate or concerted accompaniment; aria parlante, an aria in which the dramatic delivery of the text is conspicuous; aria di bravura or d'agilita, an aria in which special opportunity is given for vocal display through rapid passages and figures, trills and other embellishments, extreme notes, and the like; aria d'imitazione, an aria in which the music recalls some physical sound like the song of birds, the noises of battle, etc.
- n. A musical piece written typically for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment in an opera or cantata.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) An air or song; a melody; a tune.
- n. an elaborate song for solo voice
- From Italian aria, metathesis from Latin aerem, accusative of āēr, from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aēr, "air"). Cognate to air. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin āera, accusative of āēr, air, from Greek āēr; see wer-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is an aria from the opera “La Wally,” and it is performed several times in the movie.”
“Material signifiers gain aria-like ascendancy over immaterial meanings.”
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“However, I have heard several times when working with professionals on this opera that one explanation for the tragic flavor of that aria is that Barbarina is indeed singing about the loss of her virginity, and that the pin is some sort of symbol.”
“To listen to jazz as one would listen to an aria is to miss the point.”
“Her Act IV aria is still astounding as it was the times I heard her in LA three years back and her acting is still top drawer.”
“I am aware of one recording of one aria from the opera, a 1994”
“This aria is generally considered a welcome moment of humanity in a relentlessly nationalistic, bellicose libretto, and like other such airs written by”
“At last Miss Ayrshire returned, escorted by her accompanist, and gave the people what she of course knew they wanted: the most popular aria from the French opera of which the title-role had become synonymous with her name -- an opera written for her and to her and round about her, by the veteran French composer who adored her, -- the last and not the palest flash of his creative fire.”
“I knew he was old, for his voice was cracked and thin, but of great sweetness, and he sang an aria from a musical comedy which was popular then, called "The Joy of Life.”
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