Trending: β€˜come prima’

Lookups spiked 31,000% on January 8, 2020

Why are people looking up come prima?

Come prima was among our top lookups on January 8th, 2020, after making an appearance in the comeback plans of K-pop supergroup BTS (it may be found under β€˜Phase 04’ near the bottom of the following picture).

What does come prima mean?

Come prima is most often used as a direction in music, and has the meaning β€œin the same manner as the first time.” It comes from Italian, in which language it has the literal meaning of β€œas at first.”

Citations

When the reprise of the theme occurs, Mozart does not give himself the trouble to write out the orchestration a second time, but merely writes across the lines the words, β€œCome prima.”
β€” The Musical World (London, ENg.), 26 Jan. 1856

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