Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A work or style produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources; a potpourri.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A medley; an olio.
  • n.
  • n. A work of art imitating directly the work of another artist, or of more artists than one.
  • n. A falsified work of art, as a vase or statue made up of parts of original works, with missing parts supplied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A medley; a hotchpotch; a farrago; specifically, in music, an opera, cantata, or similar work made up of detached numbers from various works, even by different authors, but arranged as if intended to form a continuous dramatic work, a special libretto being usually written for the music; a medley, olio, ballad-opera, etc.
  • n. In painting, a picture painted in direct imitation of the style and manner of some other than the artist; also, such an imitation of style.
  • n. In decorative art, a copy of any design modified by the material or the purpose of the copy.

Etymologies

Italian, from Vulgar Latin *pastīcium, pasty; see patisserie.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The term pasticcio (pastry, in Italian) was sometimes used pejoratively until the second half of the 18th century, when the genre gained respect.

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  • Piecing together scores from hit numbers taken from various pre-existing sources was common practice in 18th-century opera The Beggar's Opera is one extant example of a genre known as pasticcio or pastiche, which survives today in the form of "jukebox" shows, and Sams makes no apology for resorting to it.

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  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major (KV 37) was completed in April of 1767, when Mozart was 11 years old. This concerto is a "pasticcio" arrangement for piano and orchestra by Mozart and his dad, based on works by other composers.

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  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major (KV 37) was completed in April of 1767, when Mozart was 11 years old. this concerto is a "pasticcio" arrangement for piano and orchestra by Mozart and his dad, based on works by other composers.

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  • After his return to London in October or November, apparently recovered, he was employed by Heidegger, at the King's Theatre, and produced the operas Faramondo, Alessandro Severo a pasticcio, and Serse.

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  • I remember one of these monkey tricks, which was called The Vanity of Morals: it was to have had a second part, The Vanity of Knowledge; and as I had neither morality nor scholarship, the names were apt; but the second part was never attempted, and the first part was written (which is my reason for recalling it, ghost-like, from its ashes) no less than three times: first in the manner of Hazlitt, second in the manner of Ruskin, who had cast on me a passing spell, and third, in a laborious pasticcio of Sir Thomas Browne.

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  • Except for the Veneto (where lasagne refers to what the rest of Italy calls tagliatelle), these are large sheets of pasta used to make the layered pasta dish by the same name (except again in the Veneto where it is called pasticcio).

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  • There are excerpts from such hymns, in Irish, scattered through VG: and LB ends with a _pasticcio_ of similar fragments in Latin.

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  • The preface is a piratical pasticcio; the verbose notes are from the most accessible books; the portraits, very unequal in point of execution, I believe to be chiefly copies of prints -- not d'après des tableaux originaux.

    Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • A significant indication of the new popularity which Handel had acquired was the production of a _pasticcio_, at the Italian Opera in November 1747, made up chiefly from the operas of Handel; but the experiment was not repeated.

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