Cadenza



an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.
Historical Examples

Plays, Acting and Music Arthur Symons
Massimilla Doni Honore de Balzac
A Bold Stroke for a Husband Hannah Cowley
Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.) Elliott Graeme
Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
Joyce’s Investments Fannie E. Newberry
Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies Philip H. Goepp

noun
a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed
(South African, informal) a fit or convulsion
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