Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical embellishment or ornamentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, an ornament or embellishment, as a trill, turn, etc., introduced into a melody: commonly in the plural.

Etymologies

From Italian fioritura. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Violetta's fioritura, Alfredo's tenor ardency, his father's baritonal sterness, the tripping flute thirds of the perennial parties and balls: all those familiar elements start to play off of each other, turning up at inappropriate moments with an ironic charge, standing in for dialogue and plot rather than simply advancing them.

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  • When are you going to stop calling people who want technical proficiency in fioritura "purists"?

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  • ‘Nabucodonosore,’ with Count Pizzicato, with a bellezza, a grandezza, a raggio, that excited in the bosom of the audience a corresponding furore: her scherzando was exquisite, though we confess we thought the concluding fioritura in the passage in Y flat a leetle, a very leetle sforzata.

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  • These structural noises were the only ones that counted; they were the polyphony of the Bridge, everything else was decorative and to be ignored by the Bridge operator-the fioritura shrieking of the winds, the battery of the rain, the pedal diapason of thunder, the distant grumbling roll of the stage-hand volcanoes pushing continents back and forth on castors down below.

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  • He thrived in a liberal air, an air of gorgeous spending, though he sported a supercilious smile at the _fioritura_, the luscious excess of it.

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  • The performance is so supreme -- remember, not in a niggling, technical sense -- a half-dozen men beat him at mere pyrotechnics and lace _fioritura_ -- that his limitations, very marked in his case, are overlooked.

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  • For example, how divinely you do that _fioritura_ ... that ...

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  • Their songs were low and musical, not unlike the song of the canary, though there were no cadenzas or _fioritura_ passages.

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  • 'Your courage sets you flying at once at every fioritura and bravura passage, to subdue, not to learn: not to accomplish, but to conquer it.

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  • Several thoughtful ritards inform this rendition, whose declamatory-parlando episodes convey as rich a tapestry as the brilliant fioritura that owes its vocal, even chime-like quality to the influence of Bellini's operas.

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