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A duettino is an unpretentious duet with a concise form.[1][2] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart offers several well-known examples of the type, including "La ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni and "Duettino No. 3" from La clemenza di Tito, a song only twenty-four measures long.[3][4] He also described "Via resti servita" in The Marriage of Figaro as a duettino.[5]

By the time of Gioachino Rossini, a duettino was a common part of the introduction of the Farsa opera genre.[6] Rossini composed several pieces in the form.


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  2. ^ Whitney, William Dwight; Benjamin Eli Smith (1897). The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary. Century. p. 1792. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Kristin (1999). Storytelling in the new Hollywood: understanding classical narrative technique. Harvard University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-674-83975-5. 
  4. ^ Einstein, Alfred; Arthur Mendel; Nathan Broder (1945). Mozart. Oxford University Press. p. 410. ISBN 978-0-19-500732-9. 
  5. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Laura Williams Macy (2006). The Grove book of operas. Oxford University Press. p. 669. ISBN 978-0-19-530907-2. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Osborne, Richard (27 September 2007). Rossini: his life and works. Oxford University Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-19-518129-6.