Definition of intermezzo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmɛtsəʊ

noun (plural intermezzi /-ˈmɛtsi/ 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.
  • 1.1A short piece for a solo instrument.
  • 1.2A 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).


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

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