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libretto

[li-bret-oh] /lɪˈbrɛt oʊ/
noun, plural librettos, libretti
[li-bret-ee] /lɪˈbrɛt i/ (Show IPA)
1.
the text or words of an opera or similar extended musical composition.
2.
a book or booklet containing such a text.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Italian, diminutive of libro book < Latin liber; see -et
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Examples from the web for libretto
  • The dramatic arc of the music sometimes matches the libretto and sometimes follows its own logic.
  • The composer has not consciously violated the spirit of the play, for which he provided his own libretto.
  • Anyone who has closely studied the music and libretto might be astonished by such a superficial take on the opera.
  • Among the plays are sketches, full-length comedies and dramas, and a libretto.
  • And he memorized the entire libretto of his favorite operas.
  • She gave an example of the publisher of a libretto that used the same number for both the stock number and the publisher number.
  • All copies of the morose libretto were ordered destroyed, although one or two survived.
British Dictionary definitions for libretto

libretto

/lɪˈbrɛtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos, -ti (-tiː)
1.
a text written for and set to music in an opera, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, diminutive of libro book
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Word Origin and History for libretto
n.

(plural libretti), 1742, from Italian libretto, diminutive of libro "book," from Latin liber (genitive libri), see library. Related: Librettist.

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Encyclopedia Article for libretto

text of an opera, operetta, or other kind of musical theatre. It is also used, less commonly, for a musical work not intended for the stage. A libretto may be in verse or in prose; it may be specially designed for a particular composer, or it may provide raw material for several; it may be wholly original or an adaptation of an existing play or novel.

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