- Music. a florid passage or piece requiring great skill and spirit in the performer.
- a display of daring; brilliant performance.
- Music. spirited; florid; brilliant (applied chiefly to vocal but occasionally to instrumental compositions).
Origin of bravura
Examples from the Web for bravura
Moran does so with fearless honesty and bravura, but admits she was wary about oversharing when she wrote How to Be a Woman.Join Caitlin Moran’s Riotous Feminist Revolution
September 29, 2014
On the drama side, James Spader breaks into the Best Actor category for his bravura scenery chewing on The Blacklist.15 Golden Globe Snubs and Surprises: No Oprah, No Jon Hamm, and More
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
December 12, 2013
He gives a bravura physical performance of the act of dying that can only have been born of extensive firsthand experience.Indonesian Killers Brought to Justice 50 Years Too Late in ‘The Act of Killing’
July 28, 2013
It was a perfectly played symphony of silhouette, color, and texture—a bravura performance, an aesthetic rarity.Milan Fall Fashion Week 2012: Raf Simons’s Last Collection at Jil Sander
February 25, 2012
This was vintage, bravura Blair: After six hours of questioning he remained defiant, unabashed, and proud.Blair's Gutsy Stand
January 29, 2010
A "Caprice Español" is a bravura realization of Spanish frenzy.Contemporary American Composers
A bravura and finale of light, graceful melody close the opera.The Standard Light Operas
You will find many alterations in the finale of my Bravura Variations.Ole Bull
Sara C. Bull
In the later variations (3, 5, 6, 17) there is little or no bravura.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
At least, in Rossinis Stabat Mater, there are no bravura airs.The Life of Rossini
Henry Sutherland Edwards
- a display of boldness or daring
- brilliance of execution
- (as modifier)a bravura passage
Word Origin and History for bravura
1788, "piece of music requiring great skill," from Italian bravura "bravery, spirit" (see brave (adj.)). Sense of "display of brilliancy, dash" is from 1813.