noun (plural intermezzi /-ˈmetsē/ or intermezzos)
- 1A short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work.More example sentences
- After about 1750 the intermezzo evolved further into opera buffa.
- The middle movements, intermezzos both, are characterised by mellow string and woodwind playing.
- 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.
- 1.1An intermezzo performed independently.More example sentences
- Opera fans will be entertained by some of the world's favourite arias and intermezzos performed by acclaimed artists.
- Indeed, the two concert suites by Purcell and Mufas, that the orchestra played as intermezzos, sounded as if written for keyboards instead of strings.
- 1.3A light dramatic, musical, or other performance inserted between the acts of a play.More example sentences
- 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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