American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
"When I play the arietta of the last sonata … (Soundbite of song, "Piano Sonata No. 32") Mr. SCHIFF: This really is, to me, a musical equivalent of a gracias in a Mass, saying thanks to God."
"That song, “Eli, Eli,” a dramatic arietta, became an immediate favorite and soon became a featured solo by Bertha Kalich and many other female performers of the day, even some in the general entertainment field."