Canto fiorito (It.: ‘flowery song’)
- Julian Budden
(It.: ‘flowery song’)
A style of vocal writing characterized by abundant melismatic ornamentation and chiefly associated with Rossini and his followers during the 1820s, e.g. ‘Bel raggio lusinghier’ (Semiramide, Rossini, 1823). Examples can be found in the early works of Donizetti and Mercadante. From 1830, under the influence of Bellini, there was a steady move towards a more syllabic manner of verse-setting in which moments of ...