Definition of intermezzo in English:

intermezzo

Syllabification: in·ter·mez·zo
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmetsō
 
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noun (plural intermezzi /-ˈmetsē/ or intermezzos)

1A short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
1.2A short piece of music for a solo instrument.
1.3A light dramatic, musical, or other performance inserted between the acts of a play.
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  • Later, there was a tradition to have intermedi / intermezzi between the acts of a play (most notably in Florence).

Origin

late 18th century: from Italian, from Latin intermedium 'interval', neuter of intermedius (see intermediate).

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