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