What is aria?

Oksana Vasilyeva
Oksana Vasilyeva
February 25, 2015
What is aria?

There are a lot of terms in music that a person who is not associated with this kind of art may never hear. But there are some terms that are well known to us. For example, what is aria - a word that has been heard by very, very many, a word that is named after one of the oldest Russian (Soviet) rock bands?

Let's understand the meaning and origin of this term.

Meaning and origin of the word

Like many musical terms, this word comes from the Italian language (aria), which literally means “air”. Belongs exclusively to the vocal performing arts. Aria is a vocal composition written for one voice, performed to the accompaniment of an orchestra.

Aria is an integral part of an opera, cantata or oratorio and always corresponds to a dramatic monologue, and most often is its continuation. Arias can consist of several parts (two- and three-part). Depending on the feelings expressed by the character, aria can also be classified, for example, aria of revenge, love or heroic aria.Depending on the form of presentation, this may be an aria-story or an aria-monologue.

So, aria is a vocal composition for solo performance in opera. Arias perform both the main and minor characters of the work. It is safe to say that the aria is the pinnacle of operatic vocal art.