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- n. an operatic song in slow tempo, either complete in itself or (e.g., in Bellini and Verdi) followed by a faster, more resolute section: hence
- n. a rather slow, song-like instrumental movement; the title, for example, of a movement in Beethoven's string quartet in B flat, op. 130 (1826) and of a once-famous piece (originally for violin and piano) by Raff, and of the slow movement of Rubra's string quartet No. 2
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a melody of simpler form than the aria; a song without a second part and a da capo; -- a term now variously and vaguely used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a melody of simpler character than the aria, and without a second part and a da capo or return part. The term is occasionally applied, however, to airs of any kind.
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