Not so the seria. Under the impact of romanticism, serious opera flowered anew, and again Rossini was at the forefront, although this aspect of his historical contribution is less evident in the context of today's performing repertoire. It may be argued, in fact, that the most fertile articles in the Code Rossini were those that pertained to the serious aria (or more precisely and to the point, the scena ed aria that replaced the recitative-plus-aria unit of old) and those that pertained to the dramatic ensemble, imported from the opera buffa to serve serious or tragic aims. These were crucial renovations. They gave serious opera a new lease on life, transforming it into opera as we know it today.
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- Richard Taruskin. "Chapter 1 Real Worlds, and Better Ones." The Oxford History of Western Music. Oxford University Press. New York, USA. n.d. Web. 19 Jun. 2013. <http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume3/actrade-9780195384833-div1-001005.xml>.
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- Taruskin, R. (n.d.). Chapter 1 Real Worlds, and Better Ones. In Oxford University Press, Music in the Nineteenth Century. New York, USA. Retrieved 19 Jun. 2013, from http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume3/actrade-9780195384833-div1-001005.xml
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- Richard Taruskin. "Chapter 1 Real Worlds, and Better Ones." In Music in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford University Press. (New York, USA, n.d.). Retrieved 19 Jun. 2013, from http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume3/actrade-9780195384833-div1-001005.xml