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