Trending: ‘come prima’
Lookups spiked 31,000% on January 8, 2020
Come prima was among our top lookups on January 8th, 2020, after making an appearance in the comeback plans of K-pop supergroup BTS (it may be found under ‘Phase 04’ near the bottom of the following picture).
Come prima is most often used as a direction in music, and has the meaning “in the same manner as the first time.” It comes from Italian, in which language it has the literal meaning of “as at first.”
When the reprise of the theme occurs, Mozart does not give himself the trouble to write out the orchestration a second time, but merely writes across the lines the words, “Come prima.”
— The Musical World (London, ENg.), 26 Jan. 1856
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