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  • n. Plural form of cadenza.


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  • The cadenzas are the pieces in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major" meant to be improvised by the musicians playing the concerto.


  • And while these cadenzas never quite reach the level of all-out improvisation, they do allow for the ensemble members to show off their own take on an interesting work.

    To Each His Own

  • David Foster Wallace often writes the way I imagine that billionth monkey would: in mad cadenzas of simian gibberish that break suddenly into glorious soliloquies, then plunge again into nonsense.

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  • He backed this up with some over-heated cadenzas about "massive worldwide migration" and "the cognitive friction of juxtaposition".

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  • Those who quiver with the radical impulse can easily be tempted to hear Wagnerian cadenzas and behold the invisible visions of future utopias.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • When the orchestra stops before one of his improvised cadenzas, he says, you can hear the intensity with which people listen.

    The Classical Improviser

  • Since the 1980s, when he developed the practice in a series of concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mr. Levin has been one of the few pianists to improvise cadenzas and embellishments in the style of a given composer.

    The Classical Improviser

  • While the practice itself is authentic — cadenzas were built into concerto movements specifically to show off the virtuosity and improvising skills of a performer — the reality of a modern-day pianist "adding notes of his own" still has the power to offend purists.

    The Classical Improviser

  • The most extraordinary benefit I received from those 1 ½ minutes of panic, fighting my way out of the gunny sack with those improvised cadenzas, is that you begin to see the crossroads everywhere.

    The Classical Improviser

  • In addition to improvising on the spot during the actual performances so if you went to all four performances, you will hear four different sets of cadenzas!

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