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 Dictionary entry overview: What does musical passage mean? 

  The noun MUSICAL PASSAGE has 1 sense:

1. a short section of a musical composition

  Familiarity information: MUSICAL PASSAGE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A short section of a musical composition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


musical passage; passage

Hypernyms ("musical passage" is a kind of...):

composition; musical composition; opus; piece; piece of music (a musical work that has been created)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "musical passage"):

allegro (a musical composition or passage performed quickly in a brisk lively manner)

modulation; transition (a musical passage moving from one key to another)

recitative (a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech)

adagio ((music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully))

largo ((music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner)

cadenza (a brilliant solo passage occuring near the end of a piece of music)

cadence (the close of a musical section)

musical phrase; phrase (a short musical passage)

intro (a brief introductory passage to a piece of popular music)

impromptu (a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation)

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