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

  • There had been momentsin the adagio, in the arpeggiated chords of the cadenzawhen the sustaining power of the instrument was evident.
  • Ferras' legato passages spun out in long, honeyed strands of sound; his attack in the cadenza was as crisp as vellum.
  • Then came the cadenza, which was really too intricate for a tuba.

  • Marian McPartland in The State
    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...
  • Nikolaj Znaider in Times Online
    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...
  • John McCain in New York Times
    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... Kenny Barron San Francisco Chronicle Jun 4, 2005 14203 19164 cadet This bill should be named the Date Certain for Surrender Act," Mr. McCain said. "A second-year cadet at West Point could tell you that if you announce when the end will be, it'sa recipe for defeat."

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