Cadenza meaning

kə-dĕnzə
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An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
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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.
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Any brilliant flourish in an aria or solo passage.
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(music) A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
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An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.
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Origin of cadenza

  • Italian from Old Italian cadence cadence

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition