Definitions for cadenzakəˈdɛn zə
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word cadenza
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of cadenza:
1745–55; < It < VL *cadentia a falling
a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
a parenthetic flourish or flight of ornament in the course of a piece, commonly just before the final cadence
In music, a cadenza is, generically, an improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists, usually in a "free" rhythmic style, and often allowing for virtuosic display. Indicated by a fermata in all parts if improvised, a cadenza is usually over a final or penultimate note in a piece or important cadence and the accompaniment rests or sustains a note or chord. Thus it is often before a final coda or ritornello.
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