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The da capo aria was a musical form prevalent in the Baroque era. It was sung by a soloist with the accompaniment of instruments, often a small orchestra. The da capo aria was con in the musical genres of opera and oratorio. Baroque music is European classical music written during the Baroque era, approximately 1600 to 1750. ... Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera refers to an European art form consisting of a dramatic stage performance set to music. ... An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. ...

A da capo aria is in ternary form, meaning it is in three sections. The first section is a complete musical entity, ending in the tonic key, and could in principle be sung alone. The second section contrasts with the first in its musical texture, mood, and sometimes also tempo. The third section was usually not written out by the composer, who rather simply specified the direction "da capo" (Italian for "from the beginning"), which meant that the first section should be repeated in full. Ternary form is a way of structuring a piece of music. ... The tonic is the first note of a musical scale, and in the tonal method of music composition it is extremely important. ... Da Capo may refer to: Da Capo (Ace of Base album), a 2002 album by the Swedish pop band Ace of Base Da Capo (Love album), a 1967 album by the American rock band Love D.C. ~Da Capo~, a 2002 renai game by Circus This is a disambiguation page...

The da capo aria depended for its success on the ability of the singer to improvise variations and ornaments during the third section, to keep it from being a mere repetition of the first. This was especially so for da capo arias written in slower tempos, where the opportunity to improvise, as well as the risk of dullness, were greater. The ability to improvise variations and ornaments was a skill learned by, and expected of, all solo singers. The decline in this ability following the Baroque era is perhaps the reason why the da capo aria ultimately acquired a reputation as a musically dull form. The authentic performance movement, starting in the mid twentieth century, restored improvisation to the performance of da capo arias, although the practice has yet to become universal even among authentic performance artists. In music, variation is a formal technique where material is altered during repetition; reiteration with changes. ... In music, ornaments are musical flourishes that are not necessary to the overall melodic (or harmonic) line, but serve to decorate or ornament that line. ... The authentic performance movement is an effort on the part of musicians and scholars to perform works of classical music in ways similar to how they were performed when they were originally written. ...

Handel's oratorio Messiah (1742) includes two well-known da capo arias, "He Was Despised" (for alto voice) and "The Trumpet Shall Sound" (for bass). J. S. Bach's famous cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51, 1730) begins with a flamboyant da capo aria for soprano, trumpet soloist, and strings. HANDEL was the code-name for the UKs National Attack Warning System in the Cold War. ... Messiah (1741) is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. ... The 1748 Haussmann portrait of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and keyboard drew together almost all of the pre-existing strands of the baroque style and brought it to its... Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (Praise God in All Lands), BWV 51, is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. ...

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Da capo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (177 words)
Da Capo is a musical term in Italian, meaning from the beginning, often abbreviated D.C. It is a composer or publisher's directive to repeat the previous part of music.
Da Capo al coda (D.C. al Coda): repeat from beginning to an indicated place and then play the tail part (the coda).
Da Capo, Swedish band Ace of Base's fourth album, released in parts of Europe in 2002.
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