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in the manner of an air or melody.
an arioso composition or section.
Historical Examples

His forms are very free, and the recitative is almost wholly in the arioso style with full orchestral accompaniment.
How Music Developed W. J. Henderson

The oboe has a kind of arioso phrase with trilling of flutes and clarinets, answered in trumpets and harp.
Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies Philip H. Goepp

Still more impressively is this mastery of expression shown in the arioso recitatives.
Music in the History of the Western Church Edward Dickinson

His 2nd arioso with twelve variations is worth the notice of pianists in search of something unfamiliar.
The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock

arioso in the recitative indicates an interpolated passage of vocal melody.
Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3) Otto Jahn

Then it degenerates somewhat into an arioso, almost Italian.
Contemporary American Composers Rupert Hughes

noun (pl) -sos, -si (-siː)
(music) a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria

“melodious, in a melodious way,” 1742, from Italian aria “melody” (see aria).


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