Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Cavatina - Music Short & Simple

A closeup of piano keys
Photo by Mararie


Noun. Early 19th century.

MUSIC. A short simple song; a songlike piece of instrumental music, usually slow and emotional.

Sometimes, a word makes it into Lexicolatry for no other reason than I like it, and so it is with cavatina, a word that effortlessly carries the grace and beauty of the music it represents. In fact, I liked cavatina so much that I thought I'd try my hand at writing one for the piano. I hope you enjoy it.

Do feel free to leave any comments in the box below.


  1. Ed, you have an OED, a piano and you're at dexterous ease with both of them! I'm filled with a jealous rage.

    1. It's a shame I'm not handier with a computer - by the time I had recorded the song on my phone and figured out how to convert the .aac file into an MP3, and then into .WMV for YouTube, I was about ready to (dexterously) lob my computer through the window.

      It rather killed the ambience of the piece.

    2. Files? I can't even get my nails the right shape.

      It may have caused you grief, Eddie, but it's great for the rest of us. Lovely piece.

    3. Then it was worth it - thank you, Sally : o )

  2. Ah, our lexicolater is also a Piano Man!
    Very nice sir.
    Add me to the jealous list!

  3. Touching!
    And I'm afraid that's as far as I go when appreciating music... I can't write or play. Anything at all.
    And some tastes I have might make you consider if I (even) have listening ear.
    So I don't know if I'm paying you a cumpliment - trying though... But I know when something touches me. And your Cavatina did.
    Stanley Myers is in Heaven - yes, he went to Heaven; you can't expect to be able to write/play a Cavatina and hope to join the rest of us in "that" other place! - listening to it and thinking on a joint venture... :curtsey:
    Add me to the I-don't-know-if-it's-good-but-sounds-awesome list.

    1. It most definitely is a compliment, Teresa, so thank you.

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