ari·​o·​so | \ ˌär-ē-ˈō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce arioso (audio) , -(ˌ)zō \
plural ariosos also ariosi\ ˌär-​ē-​ˈō-​(ˌ)sē How to pronounce ariosi (audio) , -​(ˌ)zē \

Definition of arioso

: a musical passage or composition having a mixture of free recitative and metrical song

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Recent Examples on the Web But Monteverdi shows uncanny skill at writing extended vocal passages that shift seamlessly between recitative, arioso and aria. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: An Inspiring End to a 6-Month Tour of Monteverdi’s Operas," 22 Oct. 2017 Fischer inhabited her role completely, and the composer wrote long, lyrical arioso for her. Janelle Gelfand,, "Cincinnati Opera makes history with Missy Mazzoli's 'Song from the Uproar'," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of arioso

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arioso

Italian, from aria

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“Arioso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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