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oratorio

a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text

scherzo

light or playful part of a sonata or symphony

solo

a musical composition for one voice or instrument

sonata

a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms

trio

three performers or singers who perform together

tutti

section of a muscial composition played by all the performers

cameo

1. gem or medallion cut in relief, the carved figure projecting (standing out) from its background (ant. intaglio) 2. brief role played by a prominent actor, brief piece of brilliant film or writing

campanile

bell tower

canto

a major division of a long poem

chiaroscuro

distribution and treatment of light and shade in paining or sketching, painting/drawing that uses only light and shade

cupola

a rounded roof or ceiling; a small dome on a roof

fresco

a picture painted on the moist plaster of a wall or ceiling

intaglio

design engraved by making cuts in a surface, into which the incises figure is sunk (ant. cameo)

majolica

enameled Italian pottery richly decorated in colors

mezzanine

intermediate story in a theater between the main floor and the first balcony

mezzotint

picture engraved on copper or steel by polishing or scraping away parts of a roughened surface

patina

green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting

portico

roof supported by columns, forming a porch or a covered walk

rialto

1. marketplace. 2. theater district

rotunda

round building or large round room

stucco

plaster made of cement, sand, and lime for covering exterior walls of buildings

tempera

method of painting, colors mixed w/ egg yolk

terra-cotta

A brownish-orange earthenware clay body commonly used for ceramic sculpture.

torso

trunk of statue with head and limbs missing; human trunk

buffo

male singer who plays a comic role in an opera; buffoon; clown

cognoscente

person who has a superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field; expert; connoisseur

dilettante

person who dabbles in the arts or other field; art lover

diva

principal female singer in an opera; prima donna

impresario

organizer or director of an opera or ballet company or a concert series, manager, promoter

inamorata

woman that one loves

inamorato

man that one loves

maestro

eminent conductor, composer, or teacher of music; master in art

mountebank

boastful pretender, charlatan, quack

politico

politician

prima donna

principal female singer in an opera; high strung, vain, or extremely sensitive person

simpatico

possessing attractive qualities; appealing, likable, congenial

virtuoso

one who exhibits great technical skill in an art, especially in playing a musical instrument

dolce far niente

delightful idleness (literally, "sweet doing nothing")

fiasco

crash; complete or ridiculous failure

imbroglio

difficult situation. complicated disagreement

incognito

in a disguised state

vendetta

feud for blood revenge

antipasto

appetizer consisting of fish, meats, etc.; hors d'oevres

Chianti

dry, red Italian wine

gusto

hearty enjoyment

pasta

1. paste or dough-used dried, as in macaroni, or fresh, as in ravioli. 2. dish of cooked pasta

pizza

pie of flattened dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, etc

alfresco

in the open air; outdoor

bravo

shout applauding and excellent performance

gondola

1. boat used in the canals of Venice. 2. cabin attached to the underpart of a lighter-than-air aircraft

grotto

cave

piazza

1. town square or open market, esp. in Italy. 2. veranda; porch

portfolio

(n) 1) the role of the head of a government department 2) a case for carrying papers or drawings or maps 3) a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution

salvo

simultaneous discharge of shots. burst of cheers

sotto voce

under the breath; in an undertone; privately

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