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Intermezzo

noun
(pl. intermezzi, intermezzos)
1.
A short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony.
2.
A short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera.
3.
A brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance.  Synonyms: entr'acte, interlude.






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"Intermezzo" Quotes from Famous Books



... period now ends in the key of A. Now comes in what he calls the trio, a lovely lyric melody in the key of F. This is developed to quite a length, after which the main theme of the novelette returns, and the period ends in the key of F. Now ensues a curious sort of intermezzo, in the key of D-flat, where one voice starts out with a little melodic subject and another takes it up and imitates it, and this in turn is followed by another, quite in the manner of fugue, only ...
— The Masters and their Music - A series of illustrative programs with biographical, - esthetical, and critical annotations • W. S. B. Mathews

... there by the dugout. We stood or sat about for a while! no one had much to say. The grey mist thickened and enveloped us. And we became as very shadows ourselves. Somewhere in the mist up the hill, near where the rocket's red glare flushed on the dim horizon, a man began whistling the intermezzo from "Thais." It fitted the unreality of the scene, and soon two of us were whistling together. He heard me and paused. Then we walked toward one another whistling and met. It was the Gilded Youth from the ship—the Gilded Youth whose ...
— The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me • William Allen White



Words linked to "Intermezzo" :   piece, piece of music, musical composition, show, opus, movement, music, composition



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