passagework

[ pas-ij-wurk ]
/ ˈpæs ɪdʒˌwɜrk /

noun Music.

writing that is often extraneous to the thematic material of a work and is typically of a virtuosic or decorative character: passagework consisting of scales, arpeggios, trills, and double octaves.
the performance of such writing: The pianist's passagework is brilliantly clear and smooth.

Nearby words

  1. passage grave,
  2. passage hawk,
  3. passage to india, a,
  4. passage work,
  5. passageway,
  6. passaic,
  7. passalong,
  8. passamaquoddy,
  9. passamaquoddy bay,
  10. passament

Origin of passagework

First recorded in 1860–65; passage1 + work

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