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nounPlural intermezzos, Plural intermezzi
1A short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work.
- ‘After about 1750 the intermezzo evolved further into opera buffa.’
- ‘The intermezzo from his frivolous opera Hary Janos is considered one of his most entertaining scores.’
- ‘The middle movements, intermezzos both, are characterised by mellow string and woodwind playing.’
- ‘It is worth remembering that intermezzos were never really supposed to contain the musical highlights of an evening.’
- ‘It's funny, having known the chorus and the intermezzo well for years, I realised I only properly listened to the whole opera in order to write this blog entry.’
- 1.1 A short piece for a solo instrument.
- 1.2 A light dramatic, musical, or other performance inserted between the acts of a play.
- ‘Later, there was a tradition to have intermedi / intermezzi between the acts of a play (most notably in Florence).’
Late 18th century: from Italian, from Latin intermedium ‘interval’, neuter of intermedius (see intermediate).
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