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ca·den·za

 (kə-dĕn′zə)
n.
1. An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
2. An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.

[Italian, from Old Italian, cadence; see cadence.]
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cadenza

(kəˈdɛnzə)
n
1. (Classical Music) a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed
2. informal South African a fit or convulsion
[C19: from Italian; see cadence]
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ca•den•za

(kəˈdɛn zə)

n., pl. -zas.
an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.
[1745–55; < Italian < Vulgar Latin *cadentia a falling]
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Noun1.cadenza - a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
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Translations
kadencia

cadenza

[kəˈdenzə] Ncadencia f
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cadenza

[kəˈdɛnzə] n (MUSIC)cadence f
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cadenza

n (Mus) → Kadenz f
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References in periodicals archive ?
All of Margolais's cadenzas are spectacular but within the boundary of good taste.
Even in Mendelssohn's time the cadenzas were getting so elaborate that they were very rarely improvised anymore.
His extravagant cadenzas may have shown off his ability, but it's a close call as to whether they added to - or detracted from - the piece.
And his multi-stopping in the superbly executed cadenzas was almost uncannily accurate.
Indeed, he engages in direct dialogue with Wolff's work on the cadenzas of Mozart's piano concertos.
Thus until the appearance of these volumes in score, one cannot say that there was a reading public for musical printing but only a using public." (3) As Bribitzer-Stull puts it, conventional wisdom holds that the cadenza is a musical parenthesis: like linguistic parenthetical remarks, cadenzas may be engaging, illuminating, and insightful, but they are not regarded as intrinsic to structural coherence.
Students compete for standard baroque through contemporary repertory prizes, as well as in novel categories such as original concerto cadenzas, jazz or classical improvisation, versatility, lyricism in slow works, original compositions, works by female composers and tasteful arrangements or transcriptions.
The vocal line and piano accompaniment patterns are those of the bel canto style, and the flute takes the countermelody, cadenzas, and connecting material between stanzas.
From its lovely opening soliloquy on Richard Weigall's fluency increased with his confidence, moving felicitously from the elegant to the cheekily prankish and proving with real flair that Strauss's cadenzas were just the stuff he can thrive on.
The first movement is rather long and perhaps some thought the concerto was over, or perhaps the Worcester audience had joined the vanguard of Italian audiences who lately have begun applauding not only after movements but sometimes right after energetic cadenzas, seeking to make concerts a bit more interactive.
The piece was written in 1773 during the 17-year-old Mozart's trip to Vienna and it contains new cadenzas to piano concertos and music to a Minuet for a string quartet.
In the first movement, he chose a robust yet lyrical approach to the music, restrained when he needed to be, highly powerful at other times with some stunningly virtuoso cadenzas. The orchestra, under Vassily Sinaisky, proved, as always, excellent accompanists, with some splendid sounds coming from both brass and woodwind.