from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A portion of a musical composition that permits a performer to make a display of technique, especially in the rapid execution of scales and arpeggios, and that has little thematic or structural importance to the whole: The concerto contained brilliant passagework for the soloist.
- n. A musician's performance of this portion of a composition: her virtuosic passagework.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornamental passage in a musical work, often resembling a scale; or the performance of such a passage
passage + work (Wiktionary)