Definition of passagework
: a section of a musical composition characteristically unimportant thematically and consisting especially of ornamental figures
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Throughout his range, his tone was lovely and assured; difficult passagework seemed as straightforward as scales are to mere mortals.
Polonsky’s brilliant passagework and transparent textures suited Mozart well.
This was poetry in motion, Davis sustaining an unmistakable line even amid fleetly nimble passagework.
Here the crystalline touch of his pianism and the chorale-like three-horn passagework stood out, the music constantly shifting tone and texture, just as novelist Cole's protagonist observes the panoply of life in New York.
Sometimes, in bringing a milky gloss to passagework, the results just sounded smudgy.
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