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bel canto

[bel kan-toh, -kahn-; Italian bel kahn-taw] /ˌbɛl ˈkæn toʊ, -ˈkɑn-; Italian bɛl ˈkɑn tɔ/
noun, Music.
1.
a smooth, cantabile style of singing.
Origin of bel canto
1890-1895
1890-95; < Italian: literally, fine singing, equivalent to bel (cognate with beau) + canto (see canto)
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Examples from the Web for bel canto
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  • The very first principle of bel canto, an equalized scale, is a false one.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • When we put the words in the voice, in an easy, natural way, we have bel canto.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • There are teachers today who thoroughly understand the art of bel canto.

  • I, for my part, have never cared much for the bel canto as such, because it is so often wasted on trashy compositions.

  • Fear not, lover of the golden age of song, bel canto is not passing as swiftly as that.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • He loses the sustained quality of the organ tone, which is the true singing tone, and bel canto is out of the question.

  • The reason is that they have not given sufficient attention to bel canto in their early training.

  • The old Italian operas cultivate the bel canto, that is—beautiful singing.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • And yet, for me, a singer who has mastery of the beautiful art of bel canto, is a great joy.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • If the singer has the patience to work the problem out in this way he can apply the principles of bel canto to dramatic singing.

British Dictionary definitions for bel canto

bel canto

/ˈbɛl ˈkæntəʊ/
noun
1.
(music)
  1. a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
  2. (as modifier): a bel canto aria
Word Origin
C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing
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Word Origin and History for bel canto

1894, Italian, literally "fine song."

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