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cadenza

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noun ca·den·za \kə-ˈden-zə\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cadenza

  1. 1 :  a parenthetical flourish in an aria or other solo piece commonly just before a final or other important cadence

  2. 2 :  a technically brilliant sometimes improvised solo passage toward the close of a concerto

  3. 3 :  an exceptionally brilliant part of an artistic and especially a literary work

Origin of cadenza

Italian, cadence, cadenza


First Known Use: 1784

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