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Unformatted text preview: Meditation and self-expression are monologues. Action, complex dialogue, interaction, narrative, involve many characters at once. Action, dialogue, etc., become central and move from recitative into the numbers. In opera buffa numbers are not just arias, but ensemble pieces (duets, trios, quartets, and on up). The formal organization and complex musical language in numbers is accommodated to the flow of interactions in the drama....
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- Spring '12