cadenza

[ kuh-den-zuh ]

nounMusic.
  1. 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

1
1745–55; <Italian <Vulgar Latin *cadentia a falling, equivalent to Latin cad(ere) to fall + -entia-ency; cf. chance

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cadenza

/ (kəˈdɛnzə) /


noun
  1. a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed

  2. Southern African informal a fit or convulsion

Origin of cadenza

1
C19: from Italian; see cadence

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