noun \kə-ˈden-zə\

: 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

:  a parenthetical flourish in an aria or other solo piece commonly just before a final or other important cadence
:  a technically brilliant sometimes improvised solo passage toward the close of a concerto
:  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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