American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
- n. An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a more or less elaborate flourish or showy passage introduced, often extemporaneously, just before the end of an extended aria or concerto, or as a connective between an intermediate and a final division. It is always intended to display the technical proficiency of the performer, and to arouse wonder and applause, and hence, except in the hands of a master, is often deficient in intellectual or expressive character, as well as incongruous with the remainder of the piece. Modern composers, therefore, usually write out cadenzas in full, instead of trusting, as was customary in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to the taste and readiness of singers and players. Also called
- n. music A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A parenthetic flourish or flight of ornament in the course of a piece, commonly just before the final cadence.
- n. a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
- Italian, from Old Italian, cadence; see cadence. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The novel implicitly asks that we take the reading of a novel to be a unique experience, not just another rote variation on an a pre-established theme, just as Laster's "cadenza" is unlike any previously heard.”
“Schnittke's cadenza for Beethoven's violin concerto ... which begins with the Joachim cadenza from the Brahms!!”
“The word cadenza, Hoffman explains, comes from the word cadence - a closing sequence in a piece of music.”
“Part II: Allegro Part III: Tempo I This becomes clear in the solo "cadenza," an Impressionist reverie in which a complex mood is evoked, requiring a titanic struggle to be played with a single hand.”
“And promptly tell your poet that the rhyme "cadenza”
“Denk deserves credit for using Beethoven's long-winded cadenza and giving it a blood and thunder performance out of a Liszt drawing room, which may have cemented his relationship with the audience.”
“Her harmonically exploratory, third movement cadenza sounded freshly composed on the spot, and her dreamy, exotically pitch-bent treatment of the concerto's slow movement (against very Middle Eastern-sounding color from the droning bass and skittering arpeggios on the lutes) proved an atmospheric delight.”
“The equivalent highlight of last month's show was a highly dramatic "Body and Soul," which he exalted like a tenor tour do force—at the end of the final cadenza, he seemed to be hoisting the melody up above his head, like a triumphant pro wrestler about to heave his opponent across the ring.”
“It was a pleasure to listen to him, and Eschenbach, in the role of collaborator (at which he excels), supported, accompanied, and sometimes -- in the cadenza -- simply listened along with everyone else.”
“It is certainly difficult to play, not only for the pianist and orchestra – who must continually wrestle with dense, muddy scoring – but also the piano itself, which barely survived the final cadenza, the muscular Denis Matsuev's assault on the instrument egged on by Bacchic interjections from woodwind and brass.”
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