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  1. an operatic song in slow tempo, either complete in itself or (e.g., in Bellini and Verdi) followed by a faster, more resolute section: hence
  2. a rather slow, song-like instrumental movement; the title, for example, of a movement in Beethoven's string quartet in B flat, op. 130 (1826) and of a once-famous piece (originally for violin and piano) by Raff, and of the slow movement of Rubra's string quartet No. 2

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For the piece of music known as 'Cavatina' or 'Theme from The Deer Hunter', see Cavatina (song)
Cavatina (Italian diminutive of cavata, the producing of tone from an instrument, plural cavatine) is a musical term, originally a short song of simple character, without a second strain or any repetition of the air. It is now frequently applied to a simple melodious air, as distinguished from a brilliant aria, recitative, etcetera, and often forms part of a large movement or scena in oratorio or opera.
One famous cavatina is Beethoven's 5th movement of his String Quartet No. 13


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cavatina in Japanese: カヴァティーナ
cavatina in Russian: Каватина
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