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 (ä′rē-ō′sō, -zō) Music
n. pl. a·ri·o·sos
a. A style used in opera and oratorio, similar to but more melodic than recitative.
b. A passage rendered in this style.
2. A short vocal solo having the melodic style but not the form of an aria.
adv. & adj.
In a melodic style like that of an aria. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from aria, aria; see aria.]


(ˌɑːrɪˈəʊzəʊ; ˌæ-)
n, pl -sos or -si (-siː)
(Classical Music) music a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria
[C18: from Italian, from aria]


(ˌær iˈoʊ soʊ, ˌɑr-)

n., pl. -sos.
a musical passage having the character of a recitative or a simple aria.
[1735–45; < Italian: literally, songlike]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arioso - (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an ariaarioso - (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
recitative - a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech
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The movement types are fairly evenly distributed: four choruses, four arias, three ariosos, three accompanied recitatives, and three secco recitatives.
This feel explains the prevalence of ariosos and the nearly complete absence of arias in Dialogues des Carmelites.
Though several cuts were sanctioned, his virile and vibrant baritone negotiated with brio the role's arduous vocal range and dramatic demands while displaying an impressive expressive range, especially in the score's numerous unaccompanied ariosos.
What results is a surprisingly tuneful and direct cantata that proceeds in a mixture of recitatives, ariosos and arias to create not so much a story as a meditative, and often quite poignant elegy.
Despite one or two hidden arias, the opera is mostly ariosos with a rich and varied orchestral accompaniment.