A burletta is a light, comic species of musical drama, which derives its name from the Italian burlare, to jest. It originated in Italy, from whence it passed to the Transalpine countries.
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[ Italian , dim. of burla
mockery. See Burlesque
A comic operetta; a music farce. Byron.
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• (a.) A comic operetta; a music farce.
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A burletta (Italian, meaning little joke), also sometimes burla or burlettina, is a musical term generally denoting a brief comic Italian (or, later, English) opera. The term was used in the 18th century to denote the comic intermezzos between the acts of an opera seria, but was sometimes given to more extended works; Pergolesi`s La serva padrona.
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