the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the performer, as in Italian opera during the 18th century.
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How to use fioritura in a sentence
Their songs were low and musical, not unlike the song of the canary, though there were no cadenzas or fioritura passages.The Dawn of Reason | James Weir
She neither added a single fioritura nor a single ornament which had not been noted by the composer.
fioritura means embroidery, while cantabile means "song-like."Chopin and Other Musical Essays | Henry T. Finck
Valentine's prayer, if given, was so overlaid with fioritura that I did not feel sure of it.Julia Ward Howe | Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for fioritura
music embellishment, esp ornamentation added by the performer
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