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Subject: when is an aria not an aria? - was extra long musical introductions
From: k youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:k youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:36:48 -0600

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Bob mentioned that “A te, o cara” isn’t an aria. That is, of course correct.

But what about a few other pieces that we generally call arias but that aren’t strictly solos? Two that come to mind, both by Puccini, are “Recondita armonia” and “Addio, fiorito asil.” In the former the Sacristan mumbles and grumbles about Mario’s impiety throughout and in the latter Sharpless calls attention to Pinkerton’s repugnant treatment of Butterfly.

So, are these arias? Are there other examples like them?

Kurt Youngmann

"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer." - Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935)

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