intermezzo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n intermezzo a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
    • n intermezzo a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
    • n intermezzo a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Intermezzo (Mus) An interlude; an intermede. See Intermede.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intermezzo A light and pleasing dramatic entertainment introduced between the acts of a tragedy, comedy, or grand opera; later, a ballet divertissement introduced in like manner.
    • n intermezzo In music: A short musical work of light character inserted between the acts of a serious drama or opera; a burlesque or comedy. The intermezzo was the germ of the opera bouffe or comic opera.
    • n intermezzo A short composition, without any definite musical form, introduced in an extended musical work, or a piece composed in a similar style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intermezzo in-tėr-med′zō a light dramatic entertainment between the acts of a tragedy, grand opera, &c.: a short musical burlesque, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. See Intermede
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.

Usage

In literature:

Then he played the Intermezzo; that was for Susy; then he played the Largo; that was for their mother.
"What Is Man? And Other Stories" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A little intermezzo of ramble was not unadvisable.
"The Life of John Sterling" by Thomas Carlyle
He was whistling the intermezzo from 'Cavalleria' and blowing the spirit of Mascagni himself into it.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
What can one say of the wild rush of the leading theme, and the pathetic longing of the intermezzo?
"Stories By English Authors: Germany" by Various
Personally, I prefer the Intermezzo out of 'Cavalleria' to anything I ever heard, but of course I am wrong.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
This piece I would follow with Nevin's "Intermezzo," Op.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
There now ensues a very piquant musical intermezzo, well making up for the missing overture.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The third ballad is marked intermezzo, and has the character of a scherzo.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The Intermezzo from Goldmark's opera "Das Heimchen am Herd" given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
An 'intermezzo' you musicians call it, don't you?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

And, circling around in a swift intermezzo-
Embracing the song like a treetrunk at noon,
Four families' shadows will turn on the meadow
To Brahms's compelling and childhood-clear tune
"Sometime at a concert hall, in recollection..." by Boris Pasternak

In news:

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Serve it as a palate-pleasing intermezzo between dinner courses or as a light dessert.
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The world's at war and he breaks into Brahmstonight--an intermezzo one might humto lull a child or coax to life numbnerves after a round of deafening bombs.
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