Simple Definition of cadenza
: a difficult part of a piece of classical music that is performed by only one person near the end of the piece
Full Definition of cadenza
1 : a parenthetical flourish in an aria or other solo piece commonly just before a final or other important cadence
2 : a technically brilliant sometimes improvised solo passage toward the close of a concerto
3 : an exceptionally brilliant part of an artistic and especially a literary work
Origin of cadenza
Italian, cadence, cadenza
First Known Use: 1784
Rhymes with cadenza
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