Passagework Definition

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.
American Heritage
A section of a composition regarded chiefly as a display of the soloist's technical skill.
Webster's New World

(music) An ornamental passage in a musical work, often resembling a scale; or the performance of such a passage.


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