Coda Rossini

Structure Rossini codified in his operas, and used by Italian composers throughout the early to mid nineteenth century.

  • Instrumental prelude (to evoke the atmosphere)
  • Recitative (to explain the situation)
  • Cantabile (a slow reflective aria)
  • Tempo di mezza (linking passage, during which some motive would be supplied for a change of mood)
  • Cabaletta (a fast, brilliant aria, sung twice)

Source: Cambridge History of Italian Literature