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Bel canto (It.: ‘beautiful singing’)locked

  • Owen Jander
  •  and Ellen T. Harris


The phrase ‘bel canto’, along with a number of similar constructions (‘bellezze del canto’, ‘bell’arte del canto’), has been used without specific meaning and with widely varying subjective interpretations. It did not take on special meaning as a term until the mid-19th century: ‘neither musical nor general dictionaries saw fit to attempt definition until after ...

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