Only the dances and ensembles of the choruses were tried out in the afternoon.
Meyerbeer's distribution of arias, duets, ensembles, and finales is the result of a deliberate eclecticism.
After we get the numbers taught—that is, the songs—then I start to teach the ensembles to dance the different routines.
We find none of the set forms of the later opera seria, no regular arie, no duets, no ensembles.
The ensembles are of a far higher character than the solos, both as regards characterisation and musical execution.
It was an effect held in high esteem by Rossini, who introduced it constantly in his operas—witness his overtures and ensembles.
By the beginning of the 18th century the desire was strong for a more expressive keyboard instrument to use in ensembles.
We do not find set duets, choruses, or ensembles in this delicate and artistic score, and we need not regret their absence.
No less is the magnificent triumph of the ensembles, his manner of painting in bold masses of light and shade.