noun (plural cavatine /ˌkavəˈtiːneɪ/, cavatinas)Music
1A short operatic aria in simple style without repeated sections.
- Erik is a mere operatic tenor lover, and his cavatinas have tunefulness enough, without a trace of the warmth of melody which characterises Wagner's later works.
- His bright tenor was untiring in the taxing role, full of Italianate cavatinas.
- In her cavatina ‘Me voila seule dans la nuit’ she spun the line beautifully.
1.1A piece of lyrical instrumental music similar to a cavatina.
- Berg also embeds within the score a number of self-contained closed forms: sonata-allegro, rondo, variation, canzonetta, cavatina, etc.
- These pieces have both style and substance, epitomised by the brilliant concert variations on a Bellini cavatina, here played by de Beenhouwer.
Early 19th century: from Italian.
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