[ahr-ee-oh-soh, ar-; Italian ah-ryaw-saw]Music.
- in the manner of an air or melody.
- an arioso composition or section.
Origin of arioso
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Examples from the Web for arioso
Then it degenerates somewhat into an arioso, almost Italian.Contemporary American Composers
The oboe has a kind of arioso phrase with trilling of flutes and clarinets, answered in trumpets and harp.
Still more impressively is this mastery of expression shown in the arioso recitatives.Music in the History of the Western Church
His forms are very free, and the recitative is almost wholly in the arioso style with full orchestral accompaniment.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
Arioso in the recitative indicates an interpolated passage of vocal melody.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- music a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria
C18: from Italian, from aria
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Word Origin and History for arioso
"melodious, in a melodious way," 1742, from Italian aria "melody" (see aria).
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