a section of a composition regarded chiefly as a display of the soloist's technical skill
also written passage work
- A portion of a musical composition that permits a performer to make a display of technique, especially in the rapid execution of scales and arpeggios, and that has little thematic or structural importance to the whole: The concerto contained brilliant passagework for the soloist.
- A musician's performance of this portion of a composition: her virtuosic passagework.
(usually uncountable, plural passageworks)
- (music) An ornamental passage in a musical work, often resembling a scale; or the performance of such a passage