Originally, a melody of simpler form than the aria; a song without a second part and a da capo; -- a term now variously and vaguely used.
(cah-vah-TEE-nah) A short simple solo song. After 1830 the term is used to denote anybodyâ€™s opening aria, usually written in two movements.
The first part of a Bel Canto aria. It usual is slow and very melodic.