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55 terms

Italian Words in English pt.2

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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