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The World's Greatest Music
The first ever operas were written around 1600 by Baroque composers including Monteverdi and Cavalieri, and the genre quickly took off. Early operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek and Roman mythology.
Monteverdi’s pupil Cavalli carried on the operatic tradition, and wrote around 32 operas between 1639-73. He used the recitative to propel the story and made use of a new form of aria, a ‘da capo’ aria in two sections, where the first section is repeated at the end of the song.
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