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  • noun Plural form of arietta.


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  • All the pieces of Metastasio took the popular fancy, chiefly because he sedulously avoided all unhappy dénouements, and, enlivening his efficacious dialogue with common sense aphorisms, he combined them with arias and ariettas that appealed to the many.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman 1840-1916 1913

  • Let us first sketch the career of Donizetti, the author of sixty-four operas, besides a mass of other music, such as cantatas, ariettas, duets, church music, etc., in the short space of twenty-six years.

    The Great Italian and French Composers Ferris, George T 1878


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