Definition of reprise in English:



  • 1A repeated passage in music.

    • ‘The last of its three sections begins with a reprise of the first but quickly veers off in a new direction.’
    • ‘The chorus of the piece - a reprise of Allien's introduction replete with the now introduced elements is a exultant mélange of avant-pop songwriting.’
    • ‘A series of diverse episodes are framed by a recurring walking-rhythm motif, and Reicha manages to vary the order and inflection of his reprises in such a way that we hear each theme in close juxtaposition with every other.’
    • ‘Further evidence for this comes from the musical rendering of the first line of the reprise, ‘These things seem more wondrous, yet more wondrous I’.’
    • ‘Also enthralling was the remarkable Italian cantata from 1708, Tra le fiamme, in which three arias interspersed by recitatives lead to a final reprise of the first, resulting in a rather progressive cyclic structure.’
    • ‘The passage in question covers the return of B, C and D themes, and the retransition to the final reprise of A.’
    • ‘To dispel any confusion, the track segues into a reprise of On Play Patterns' second half, ‘Ten Thousand Animal Calls.’’
    • ‘The final variations, with their reprises of themes from the other movements, brought the performance to a rich and satisfying close.’
    • ‘The tone becomes increasingly strident until a reprise of the opening is followed by a moment of calm that precedes a violent and sarcastic conclusion.’
    • ‘However, the Jay recording also includes just about everything, including instrumental reprises, instrumental covers of scene changes, the curtain-call music, and the exit music that played while the audience left the theater.’
    • ‘A mournful adagio is sandwiched between the scherzo's reprise, deftly establishing contrast.’
    • ‘The track ends with a reprise of Arwen's choral theme, echoing her pleads to the Valar to save his life.’
    • ‘The second movement is like the surreal reprise of the first that it is supposed to be.’
    • ‘The short ‘coda’ completes the symmetry of the piece by reprising both the texture and added dominant seventh chord of the introduction.’
    • ‘Some later examples introduced more complex techniques, such as canon (Mozart's Symphony no. 40, in G minor), and some treat the reprise of the minuet after the trio with elaborate embellishments.’
    • ‘Ballou even squeezes in a reprise of his opening cadenza before the super-colossal breakdown, which somehow manages to reign in the song's momentum without sacrificing velocity.’
    • ‘Moving out of the central, more restrained and mournful section into the reprise could perhaps need a little more direction, but the overall work is coherent, engaging and pays the listener well.’
    • ‘After a reprise of the music for horns and piano for another short male solo, the Coda begins in vigorous style.’
    • ‘The martial rhythmic section, pointed up by timpani, was particularly engaging and overall there was an operatic tone to this movement leading to a big climax before the decorated reprise of the first theme.’
    • ‘After 15 seconds or so of cheers the band kicks in with a reprise of the theme, the crowd explodes, and then, for three more minutes, the variations continue.’
    1. 1.1A repetition or further performance of something.
      ‘a stale reprise of past polemic’
      • ‘Like the well-known Garden Sculpture, Ruin has grown with each installation, helped by friends, a reprise of Roth's freewheeling, iconoclastic process.’
      • ‘His conspicuously theatrical account of the cathedral setting, of the votive lighting, and of his own pantomimic actions identifies this scene as a performative reprise of the dilemma of the bargain discussed earlier.’
      • ‘The party reshuffle was a reprise of a broader opposition reshuffle that took place in the past 12 months.’
      • ‘Acting almost as a reprise for the entire album, the song ends the album nicely and, more importantly, leaves the listener wanting more.’
      • ‘You've no doubt heard rumors of a reprise of 1998, when market panic sunk Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and Nippon Credit Bank.’
      • ‘The innovative Goodyear pact is a reprise of the strategy Gerard used to help restructure the ailing U.S. steel industry in the past year.’
      • ‘Rather, for other readers the thinkers featured here, and the implications for rhetoric, have been so absorbed as not to need a lengthy reprise.’
      • ‘After all, Sebastian and Viola have performed this scene before: when he peels off her moustache in this recognition scene, it's a reprise of their shipboard vaudeville act.’
      • ‘Brenneman's Burger King game plan is, in part, a reprise.’
      • ‘Boris Karloff, who played the monster first in Frankenstein, turned down a reprise of the role because he feared the monster would only be demeaned and denigrated.’
      • ‘Superscale graphics run along the base of the facade, in a reprise of the eye-catching device employed by the architects in an earlier project at the Museum of Fine Arts in Castellon.’
      • ‘The words are also haunted by Dickens's fear of a reprise of a violent social revolution akin to that experienced in France in the last decade of the eighteenth century.’
      • ‘It's the second day of the fifth annual New Yorker Festival, and Gladwell has just finished a detailed reprise of the seven seconds that led to the infamous 1999 fatal shooting.’
      • ‘It is already committed to getting prices rising at around 1% and providing ample liquidity to banks to prevent a reprise of the 1988 financial crisis.’
      • ‘The result was rattled nerves and rising complaints about Washington's efforts to protect Americans from a reprise of that terrorist attack.’
      • ‘In a reprise of an argument she aired in an earlier essay, Musacchio characterizes the female viewer as the force driving the market that produced these artifacts.’
      • ‘From Mexico City to Buenos Aires, growing skepticism about the benefits of globalization could bring a reprise of failed populist and protectionist policies.’
      • ‘In an eerie reprise of Friday a month ago, a disappointing US economic statistic triggered a powerful rally, so violent as to indicate that at least some of the downward pressure of late was short selling.’
      • ‘It has been a fitting reprise for the man who once sang about his Adidas.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the reprise of Helmut Newton's image is an interesting continuation of her earlier work while the series of self-portraits with naked women marks a deepening of Stehli's provocative art.’
      reiteration, repeating, restatement, retelling, iteration, recapitulation
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  • Repeat (a piece of music or a performance)

    ‘he reprises his role as the vigilante architect’
    • ‘Peter Sellers, who had wanted to play Fagin, had committed to other projects by the time production began and so Ron Moody, who had played the role on stage, reprised his performance.’
    • ‘When Radford and Wayne were not reprising their roles as Charters and Caldicott, they played other comic duos who usually bore a striking resemblance to them.’
    • ‘Paula smiled innocently at me and continued, playing a short riff, reprising the tune then pulling bits and pieces of other unfamiliar melodies out of the air, never breaking key.’
    • ‘Gwyneth Paltrow, once again working with director John Madden and reprising the role she played on the London stage, is a powerhouse of raw emotion.’
    • ‘Piazzolla used to lead his bands from the bandoneon, and accordionist James Crabb reprised the composer's role.’
    • ‘Stephen Russell, reprising his role as Garrett, is just as sharp, cynical and acerbic as ever, and his delivery is simply perfect, conveying the disdain and annoyance with the world around him.’
    • ‘Their new show, Illegal Harmonies, is a welcome reprise of their hit performance at last year's Gay Games Festival in Sydney.’
    • ‘Dracula Has Risen from the Grave was the fourth installment into the Hammer series with Lee reprising his role again.’
    • ‘More than half of Family Tree is made up of recent, minimally orchestrated vocal performances, and most of them are reprised b-sides.’
    • ‘Leo Burmester simply reprised his performance in Les Misérables, although the show's most rousing number, ‘How Many Devils?’’
    • ‘Alan Rickman has a lot of fun reprising his role as the sneering Professor Snape and Robbie Coltrane is routinely excellent as the genial Hagrid.’
    • ‘Sinise directed and produced the film, in addition to reprising his stage role as George; Malkovich takes on the role of the childlike Lennie.’
    • ‘Halle Berry finally gets back to the character-driven dramas that have helped to establish her as one of the best actresses of her generation.’
    • ‘As whirring synths proffer the white noise a sense of foundation, bits of song begin to re-establish themselves before the band fully commits to reprising the chorus once more.’
    • ‘The excellent Ned Beatty starred as Big Daddy, reprising his London role, which earned him a nomination for an Olivier Award.’
    • ‘Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill, reprising his role from the first film) swore that he'd never set foot near the islands housing the dinosaurs from the original Jurassic Park.’
    • ‘Maybe a behind the scenes featurette would have been nice, a way of giving those without information on the first two installments of this series a little background on what proceeded and how the actors approached reprising their roles.’
    • ‘One is a cameo by Robert Patrick, reprising his role from Terminator 2.’
    • ‘Moreover, the flick might be a landmark had Lugosi and Karloff been on hand to play Dracula and the Frankenstein monster, but the entire affair rings hollow with only Lon Chaney Jr. reprising the role that made him famous.’
    • ‘They have since reprised this song with a more intense tempo to bring a more rocking sound.’


Early 18th century: French, literally taken up again, feminine past participle of reprendre (see reprieve).