cadenza


cadenza

noun Music.

  1. an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.

noun

  1. a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed
  2. Southern African informal a fit or convulsion
n.

“ornamental passage near the close of a song or solo,” 1836, from Italian cadenza (see cadence).

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