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(music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria

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The magisterial bass aria "Hvo kan bestaae for en almaegtig Vrede" (Who can endure an almighty rage) contrasts with the introspective tenor arioso "Bliv Taare ved at trille
What results is a surprisingly tuneful and direct cantata that proceeds in a mixture of recitatives, ariosos and arias to create not so much a story as a meditative, and often quite poignant elegy.
Despite one or two hidden arias, the opera is mostly ariosos with a rich and varied orchestral accompaniment.
Blow's invention is fresh and varied, dance-music mingling with programmatic elements and deeply-felt ariosos and choruses.