cadenza cadenza

Definition(s):

  • (n) a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music

Usage(s):

  1. Then came the cadenza, which was really too intricate for a tuba.
  2. He reclaims the cadenza's magnificent audacity and evokes Beethoven's imagination at its least inhibited.
  3. In the Beethoven he played the Kreisler cadenza which he had learned from a phonograph record.

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  1. "I have to sit down and play a few notes without getting in the way of the orchestra," McPartland said by telephone from her Long Island home last week. "Then in the second movement, there'sa cadenza which I'll probably play for five or six...
    on Nov 10, 2007 By: Marian McPartland Source: The State

  2. "I like your choice of word - recalling," Znaider says. "That's different from remembering. 'Recalling' implies a conscious effort to recollect, not just random memories popping up. You feel in this cadenza that Elgar is trying to say...
    on Jan 28, 2010 By: Nikolaj Znaider Source: Times Online

  3. "We were playing a concert somewhere, maybe Ohio, in a chapel. And we were playing a ballad. It was very quiet. I think we were playing ' 'Round Midnight' and I Can't Get Started' together. In between, Dizzy would play a cadenza by himself. And he...
    on Jun 4, 2005 By: Kenny Barron Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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