pas·​sage·​work | \ ˈpa-sij-ˌwərk How to pronounce passagework (audio) \

Definition of passagework

: a section of a musical composition characteristically unimportant thematically and consisting especially of ornamental figures

Examples of passagework in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The performer whispers text fragments into the flute, while navigating quick leaping passagework and unconventional techniques, including pitch bends, flutter tonguing and multiphonics (two or more notes produced at once). Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 But faster passagework was occasionally rough-hewn. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 16 Mar. 2021 Jackiw also dispatched acrobatic passagework with absolute control, clearly brought out each note in double and triple stops — even in rapid sections — and spun out the silkiest of legatos in the slow movement. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 9 Jan. 2021 Rainey and Hoops showcased their warm, mellifluous tones, expertly shaped songful melodies and nailed the rapid passagework. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2020 The 26th Variation is a whirlwind of spiraling passagework that tests a pianist’s technique. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2020 But most interesting was the restless edge in much of the virtuoso passagework, as if Tetzlaff was impatient to discharge the fireworks and get back to weaving lyrical lines in and out of the orchestra. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2020 As the music unfolded, the piano kept breaking into spans of filigreed, Chopinesque passagework. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2019 Even beyond this design, Strauss’ tone poem provides a startling range of color, from swirling strings passagework to punctuating brass exhortations to shattering climaxes for the entire ensemble. Howard Reich,, 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of passagework

1865, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2021

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“Passagework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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