- a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character, introduced between the acts of a drama or opera.
- a short musical composition between main divisions of an extended musical work.
- a short, independent musical composition.
Origin of intermezzo
1805–15; < Italian < Late Latin intermedium; see intermediary
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Examples from the Web for intermezzi
Yet, what a master miniaturist he is in his little piano pieces, his Intermezzi.Unicorns
There were no intermezzi at the representation of this lyric drama.
This confusion of Poliziano's "Orfeo" with spoken drama interspersed with intermezzi is unfortunate.
At the same time, there is no doubt that the distracting Intermezzi did serious harm to the drama.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
Toward the end of the fourteenth century the custom of introducing these pieces of music grew until they were known as intermezzi.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
- a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between the acts or scenes of an opera, drama, etc
- an instrumental piece either inserted between two longer movements in an extended composition or intended for independent performance
- another name for interlude (def. 3)
C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see intermediate
Word Origin and History for intermezzi
1834, from Italian intermezzo "short dramatic performance between the acts of a play or opera," literally "that which is between," from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper