- 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
It: see cadence
See cadenza in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- 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: , from Old Italian, cadence; see cadence
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