Definition of arioso in English:


Line breaks: ari¦oso
Pronunciation: /ˌarɪˈəʊzəʊ
, -səʊ/


(plural ariosos) [mass noun] Music
(Especially in opera and oratorio) vocal music that is more melodic than recitative but less formal than an aria: short passages of arioso [count noun]: his final arioso was more assured [as modifier]: these anthems contain arioso writing
More example sentences
  • We aren't surprised that Handel employs, for this grand theme, all the resources of classical Heroic Opera, involving recitative, arioso, aria, chorus, and ceremonial dance.
  • In Act 3 when Guido and Emilia meet, he urges her to kill him in a remarkable sequence of secco recitative, accompanied recitative and arioso.
  • In terms of sustained popularity the most successful German example was C. H. Graun's Der Tod Jesu (1755, to a poem by K. W. Ramler), which contains powerful choral writing and an effective fusing of recitative and arioso.


Italian, from aria.

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