Italian overture


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 Fanelli, Opera for Everyone, 2004

called also sinfonia

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First Known Use of Italian overture

1779, in the meaning defined above

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“Italian overture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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