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- n. A comic operetta; a musical farce.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A comic operetta; a music farce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A comic opera; a musical farce.
"burletta," or to touch a note upon the piano, now and then, in the course of a performance, so as to justify its claim to be a musical entertainment; all subterfuges of this kind ceased.
Suppose me, for once, a burletta projector, Who attempts a mock musical scrap of a lecture.
Oliver Twist: a serio-comic burletta, in three acts.
Oliver Twist: a serio-comic burletta, in four acts.
With Chatterton's acknowledged writings we have nothing here to do; they include satires in the manner of Churchill, political letters in the manner of Junius, squibs, lampoons, verse epistles, elegies, "African eclogues," a comic burletta, "The Revenge" -- played at Marylebone Gardens shortly after his death -- with essays and sketches in the style that the
He had a rare and lovely humor which could amuse itself both in English and Italian with such an airy burletta as "Il Pesceballo"
_ -- First, GOUNOD'S charming burletta of _Philemon et Baucis_.
Theatre, received a "burletta license" about the same time.
The old language of gesture, with perhaps the occasional resort to a placard to supplement and interpret the "dumb motions" of the performers (a concession to, or an evasion of the old prohibition of speech in the "burletta houses"), vanished from the stage.
What were then called the "burletta houses" were permitted performances of dancing, singing, tumbling, juggling -- anything, indeed, but _speech_ unaccompanied by music.
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