Cantabile (italian ) mean in Music " singable " or " song-like ".
Originally instructed the term in instrumental music to imitate a certain way of phrasing the human voice. In the 18th century meant the specification (similar cantando ( singing ) ) an adequate pace and flexible legato playing. Later cantabile designated especially in piano music highlighting a particular musical theme over the accompaniment (see counterpoint).
In the opera cantabile is used as a noun which refers to the first half of an aria, followed by the Cabaletta. The first set ( Cantabile ) is slower and somewhat in the form of free as the structured and generally slightly faster Cabaletta. Opera arias exerted a strong influence on the " singable " melodic theme in the music of romance for stringed instruments.
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