Italian overture

noun

Definition of 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 FanelliOpera for Everyone2004
called also sinfonia

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First Known Use of italian overture

1779


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