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their crying out encore or altro volto , the performer is so obliging as to sing it over again’. In this period, the word had a fashionable status. Pope ( 1742 ) has the ‘harlot form’ of Opera telling Dullness (‘in quaint Recitativo’): To the same notes thy sons shall hum or snore And all thy growing daughters cry encore . ( The Dunciad , iv. 59). In both concerts and operas the progress of a work was freely interrupted for the repetition of arias or movements. Today, an ‘encore’ usually means an extra piece played at the end of a solo or chamber recital, or by