Aria / Arietta Music Recordings and Sheet Music

An aria is usually a self-contained vocal piece, which may be part of a larger work. The typical context for arias is opera, but they may also be found in cantatas, oratorios, or similar stage works. Arias are commonly classified as either 'binary' or 'da capo', a distinction in reference to their form. The da capo aria features a highly ornamented repetition of the opening section, which was often used as a way of displaying the technical skills of the singer. Da capo arias also featured a recurring instrumental section, the ritornello, which some believe to be an important factor in the later development of the concerto and sonata forms. The reforms that Christoph Gluck introduced in the opera genre included a heightened focus on drama and passion, which required the da capo section of arias to be treated in a subtler way by singers in order to keep the melody recognizable and avoid drowning the narrative. Sometimes arias are composed as stand alone pieces, or written as specific replacements for other arias, in which case they are labeled 'concert arias'. The term 'aria' is also used to refer to some 17th century instrumental genres, usually followed by a set of variations (a late example of this is the set of Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, of which the 'theme' is titled ARIA)

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Arias, WoO 91 Ludwig van Beethoven Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
3 Arias, Op.26 Joaquín Turina Voice(s) and Piano Early 20th Century
3 Ariette Vincenzo Bellini Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
3 Italian Airs With Variations, Op.9 Matteo Carcassi Guitar Classical
4 Arietten und ein Duett, Op.82 Ludwig van Beethoven Voice(s) and Piano Classical
4 Favorite Airs Arranged for the Harp Martin Pierre Dalvimare Harp Classical
6 Airs variés for Violin and Cello Josephus Fodor Chamber group Classical
6 Petits Airs for Flute and Continuo Giuseppe Maria Cambini Solo Instrument and Piano Classical
6 Welch Airs Adapted to English Words Edward Smith Biggs Voice(s) and Instruments Classical
A Berenice, K.70/61c Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
A French Ayre Orlando Gibbons Organ Renaissance
A Lesson in D major William Babell Piano Baroque
A Pretty Ducke There Was John Bartlet Solo voice(s) Renaissance
A questo seno deh vieni, K.374 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder Johann Rudolf Ahle Choir and Instrument Baroque
Ah, lo previdi, K.272 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
Ah, più tremar non voglio, K.71 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
Ah se in ciel, K.538 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
Ah, spiegarti, o Dio, K.178/417e Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
Ai dolci affetti Pasquale Anfossi Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
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