What does cadenza mean?

cadenza meaning in General Dictionary

A parenthetic flourish or flight of ornament in the course of a piece commonly before the last cadence

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  • a fantastic solo passage happening nearby the end of some songs
  • A parenthetic flourish or journey of ornament in the program of a piece, generally just before the last cadence.

cadenza meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"ornamental passage nearby the close of a song or solamente," 1836, from Italian cadenza (see cadence).