cadenza definition by Webster's New World
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- an elaborate, often improvised musical passage played unaccompanied by the solo instrument in a concerto, usually near the end of the first or the final movement
- any brilliant flourish in an aria or solo passage
Origin: It: see cadence
cadenza definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
- An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.
Origin: Italian, from Old Italian, cadence; see cadence.