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in·ter·mez·zo

 (ĭn′tər-mĕt′sō, -mĕd′zō)
n. pl. in·ter·mez·zos or in·ter·mez·zi (-sē, -zē)
1. A brief entertainment between two acts of a play; an entr'acte.
2. Music
a. A short movement separating the major sections of a lengthy composition or work.
b. An independent instrumental composition having the character of such a movement.

[Italian, from Latin intermedius, intermediate; see intermediate.]
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intermezzo

(ˌɪntəˈmɛtsəʊ)
n, pl -zos or -zi (-tsiː)
1. (Classical Music) a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between the acts or scenes of an opera, drama, etc
2. (Classical Music) an instrumental piece either inserted between two longer movements in an extended composition or intended for independent performance
3. (Theatre) another name for interlude3
[C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see intermediate]
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in•ter•mez•zo

(ˌɪn tərˈmɛt soʊ, -ˈmɛd zoʊ)

n., pl. -mez•zos, -mez•zi (-ˈmɛt si, -ˈmɛd zi)
1. a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character introduced between the acts of a drama or opera.
2. a short musical composition between main divisions of an extended musical work.
3. a short independent musical composition.
[1805–15; < Italian, alter. of intermedio < Late Latin intermedium; see intermediate1]
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intermezzo

A play with music between acts of an opera, later any interlude or a short movement in a symphony.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intermezzo - a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony
movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
2.intermezzo - a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
3.intermezzo - a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Translations

intermezzo

[ˌɪntəˈmetsəʊ] N (intermezzos or intermezzi (pl)) [ˌɪntəˈmetsiː]intermezzo m
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intermezzo

nIntermezzo nt
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The programme comprises Bach Partita No 1 in B flat; Mozart Sonata in F, K332; Bartok Suite, Op 14; Brahms: Intermezzos and Rhapsody, Op 119; Debussy 3 Preludes from Book 1 and Chopin Ballade No 4 in F minor.
A discography and list of notable arias, duets, and intermezzos are included.