In this aria Cherubino, a teenage pageboy played by a female soprano voice, speaks to Susanna about his infatuation with almost every woman in the castle. This fast-paced aria comes towards the end of act one and is romantic in gesture and uses the higher part of the tessitura of the soprano.
o Motif X is a descending 3 quaver motif, and this is immediately sequenced down a 3rd which extends the melody.
o The phrases are generally short to show a feeling of excitement and this is emphasised by the whispered singing style
o Unexpected Octave leaps emphasise the excited youth of Cherubino
o Phrases often begin with an anacrusis which pushes the melody forward
o Upper appoggiatura emphasises “donna” and this is followed by a repeated b flat emphasising the appoggiatura further
o X is augmented and inverted in the higher tessitura to show a growing animation (9) which is the emphasised by a disjunct melody showing passion and volatility (10-15)
o Chromatic movement has a romantic feel (19-21)
o The phrases start to use longer not values emphasising a more amorous feel compared to the previously immature excited one