Da capo aria

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An aria (solo song) in ternary form (ABA) first appeared in the works of Handel and Bach during the Baroque period. It was further developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. Da capo arias are found within the scores for oratorio and opera. Typically in the score of a da capo aria, the third section is not written out but the instruction da capo (from the beginning) is given instead. The repeat of the A section is performed with the solo ornamented.


Portland Opera's resident historian and lecturer Robert Kingston defines a da capo aria.

Aria in F major for soprano, 2 violins, viola and basso continuo from Handel's opera 'Rinaldo'.

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