Italian overture


: an overture in three movements to an 18th-century Italian opera or oratorio
The Italian overture was to endure in popularity until the end of the eighteenth century and be paramount in the development of the classical symphony.Jean Grundy Fanelli, Opera for Everyone, 2004

called also sinfonia

Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Italian overture was in 1779

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“Italian overture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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