Cadenza ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Cadenza ( noun )

  1. A virtuosic solo passage in a concerto or opera aria, typically near the end of the piece.
  2. A florid or elaborate passage of music, typically improvised or added to a composition by a performer or composer.

Origin:

Italian, literally "cadence", from cadere "to fall".

Examples:

  1. The pianist's cadenza in the final movement was breathtaking.
  2. The cadenza in the aria was added by the singer herself.
  3. The cadenza was a show of the violinist's virtuosity.
  4. The composer wrote a cadenza for the soloist.
  5. The cadenza was the highlight of the concerto.

(As a verb)

Cadenza ( verb )

  1. A virtuosic solo passage in a concerto or opera aria, typically near the end of the piece.
  2. A florid or elaborate passage of music, typically improvised or added to a composition by a performer or composer.

Origin:

Italian, literally "cadence", from cadere "to fall".

Examples:

  1. The pianist's cadenza in the final movement was breathtaking.
  2. The cadenza in the aria was added by the singer herself.
  3. The cadenza was a show of the violinist's virtuosity.
  4. The composer wrote a cadenza for the soloist.
  5. The cadenza was the highlight of the concerto.
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