an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.
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How to use cadenza in a sentence
The last movement had the infectious gayety that Mozart's things often have, with a magnificent cadenza by himself.
When she got to the cadenza, he laid down his bton, and retired to lean against the door and enjoy it.
When the cadenza was reached in the public concert Beethoven quietly sat down.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
I had asked Beethoven to write a cadenza for me, but he refused and told me to write one myself and he would correct it.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
There is always a grand cadenza where you must play all alone and "make a splurge."
British Dictionary definitions for cadenza
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
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