sinfonia

[sin-foh-nee-uh; Italian seen-faw-nee-ah]
noun, plural sinfonias, sinfonie [sin-foh-nee-ey; Italian seen-faw-nee-e] . Music.

Origin:
1880–85; < Italian; see symphony

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sinfonia (ˌsɪnfəˈnɪə)
 
n , pl -nie
1.  symphony another word for symphony
2.  (capital when part of a name) a symphony orchestra
 
[Italian]

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sinfonia

in music, any of several instrumental forms, primarily of Italian origin. In the earlier Baroque period (mid-17th century), the term was used synonymously with canzona and sonata. For most of the 17th and 18th centuries, the name referred particularly to orchestral introductions to operas and cantatas.

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Sinfonia concerts are performed by twenty-five to thirty professional musicians.
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