- an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.
Origin of cadenza
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Historical Examples of cadenza
And in the department of cadenza and variation he deemed him without an equal.Cardinal Newman as a Musician
It is significant that he played the cadenza, the most difficult part, best of all.Franz Liszt
I had begged him to compose a cadenza for me, but he directed me to write one myself.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)
There is in music an effect yet more magical than that of the cadenza.Massimilla Doni
Honore de Balzac
This volume also contains his own cadenza to the Beethoven violin concerto.Violin Mastery
Frederick H. Martens
- a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed
- Southern African informal a fit or convulsion
Word Origin for cadenza
"ornamental passage near the close of a song or solo," 1836, from Italian cadenza (see cadence).