Definition of vivace in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɪˈvɑːtʃeɪ/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) in a lively and brisk manner.
Example sentences
  • It brought plenty of vigor to the vivace opening movement, appropriately so, although the acoustics of the drawing room venue for the concerts lent a hard edge to some of the concerted passages.
  • A trenchant First Movement is marked Andantino-Allegro molto vivace and Hogwood is superb in handling the transition between both parts of the score.
  • The Allegro molto vivace was - appropriately enough - very animated, and their intonation, if not perfect, impressive.


A passage or movement marked to be performed in a lively and brisk manner.
Example sentences
  • That is, the gavotte switches to a vivace, which dissolves into a brief, though affecting, adagio.
  • The only break in the piece's forward momentum is a short recitative-like section just before the final vivace.


Italian, 'brisk, lively', from Latin vivax, vivac-.

Words that rhyme with vivace

hibachi, Karachi, Liberace, starchy
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